Oriol Romeu has begun the preseason as a Girona player, despite strong rumors linking him to a return to Catalonia.
Barcelona are hoping to pay less than his eight million euro release clause, but Girona are firm that they want the full amount. One option that has emerged is that the blaugrana would pay four million upfront, followed by four million in bonuses that would be easy to trigger.
Girona’s coach, Míchel Sánchez, did not comment on the Romeu situation. He only said, more generally, that “there are people who are not there, people who will come and people who will leave, but the heart of Girona is always there. You cannot lose that.”
Romeu is a graduate of Barcelona’s youth academy, and even debuted in the first team, although he played very little in that capacity before leaving in 2011.
He is considered the chosen alternative to replace the departing Sergio Busquets, although other names were higher on the list, which were discarded due primarily to cost issues.