The Spanish press thinks Romeu will make the loan switch.
Valencia are about to bring Chelsea midfielder Oriol Romeu in on a season-long loan after the 21-year-old has been told he’s not in Jose Moruinho’s plans this season, reports Super Deporte.
The Spaniard has been strongly linked with a return to the country of his birth having struggled to get into the Blues first team in 2012/13 after returning from injury.
Romeu arrived at Stamford Bridge two years ago from Barcelona in a £4.4m deal and has since played 33 matches in all competitions for the west London side – although that was mostly in the midfielder’s first season.
However, with Marco Van Ginkel having been signed from Vitesse Arnhem and Michael Essien returning from a loan spell at Real Madrid, the Spain under-21 international will find it hard to get into the first team under Mourinho, with likes of Frank Lampard and Ramires also already at the club.
Valencia manager Miroslav Djukic is keen on signing Romeu as well and has made no secrets about bringing the Chelsea man to the Mestalla Stadium.
“Now we need to reach an agreement, we know it can be in the next day or longer, but Oriol has taken a key step,” Djukic was quoted on Sport Witness.
The comments from the Los Che boss come after the defensive midfielder admitted himself that a switch back to Spain would be favoruable.
“I look at Valencia, I want to play there,” Romeu was quoted in Super Deporte.
Therefore a loan deal for the Spaniard could be a good outcome for all concerned, as the player himself will struggle to get playing time, Valencia will benefit from the presence of a talented youngster and Mourinho will see Romeu gain vital experience.
Watch an extremely young Romeu strutting his stuff for Barca’s youth team: