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Report: Southampton could sell long-serving player but £65k-a-week ace may take pay cut

Southampton could be willing to let Premier League veteran Oriol Romeu leave St Mary’s with Girona offering the former Barcelona midfielder a return to La…

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Southampton could be willing to let Premier League veteran Oriol Romeu leave St Mary’s with Girona offering the former Barcelona midfielder a return to La Liga, as reported by Diari de Girona. 

Call it a gesture of goodwill. 

Romeu, during seven years on the South Coast, has played over 250 games in all competitions; An almost permanent fixture at the heart of Ralph Hasenhuttl’s midfield and so often the industrial strength glue that holds this side together. 

But, with his contract expiring next summer and with a long-term replacement found in the shape of 18-year-old whizzkid Romeo Lavia, would Southampton really put up a fight if Romeu asks to leave before September’s transfer deadline?

Oriol Romeu could leave Southampton for La Liga return

Diari de Girona suggest not.  

Southampton, they say, ‘can make it easy’ for one of the club’s longest serving players to head for the exit, even if they are likely to demand a fee for a player who set them back a bargain £5 million when arriving from Chelsea in 2015. 

Newly-promoted Girona have made 30-year-old Romeu one of their top targets heading into the final fortnight of the transfer window. Head coach Michel is driving the interest, per AS, with Romeu’s versatility and experience likely to come in very handy at a side more kindergarten than football club. 

11 of the players who featured during Girona’s defeat to Valencia this weekend were aged 25 or under.  

The biggest obstacle facing the Blanquivermells, however, concerns Romeu’s wages. The La Masia graduate earns £65,000-a-week at St Mary’s (Spotrac). It’s likely he would have to accept a substantial pay cut if he wants to return to his Spanish homeland. 

Romeu was left on the bench during Southampton’s 2-2 comeback draw with Leeds United on Saturday; £14 million teenager Lavia once again impressing in the number six role. 

“I already knew that Romeo had enormous footballing qualities. I didn’t know that he could also do that at Premier League level. What he showed against Tottenham (on the opening weekend) was really… wow,” beams Belgium U19 coach Wesley Sonck.  

“He has a very interesting profile for the position as a defensive midfielder. Romeo is a very calm boy.” 

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