Chelsea could be forced to give Romeu back to Barcelona in 12 months

Chelsea can still lose new £4.3 million signing Oriel Romeu back to Barcelona at the end of the season.

Chelsea can still lose new £4.3 million signing Oriel Romeu back to Barcelona at the end of the season.

The 19-year-old Spanish midfielder - seen as cover for the injured Michael Essien - will join his new team-mates after this month's Under 20 World Cup in Colombia.

Barcelona can re-sign Romeu for £9.5m at the end of the season after insisting on a buy-back clause - to avoid a repeat of the Cesc Fabregas saga.

Aged 16, Fabregas left the Nou Camp for nothing but will cost close to £40m to seal his return from Arsenal.

 
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