The 20-year-old joined the Londoners for €5m in August, 2011 on a four-year contract that included a clause stating the Catalans could buy him back for €10m within the first year, rising to €15m in 2013. However, the uncertain future of Seydou Keita and Romeu’s impressive early-season form at Stamford Bridge has prompted Barca to reconsider their options and act sooner rather than later.
Keydou is happy at the Camp Nou but is not getting the minutes he wants under Pep Guardiola this term, while AC Milan and Juventus are both keen to grant him his wish in Serie A. In addition, the Mali international is one of the few players for whom Barcelona would listen to offers, given his 32-years-of-age and he has a contract until 2014.
In Romeu’s case he has flourished with the game time he has enjoyed under Andr