FC Barcelona explored a number of options this summer to fill the big boots of Sergio Busquets, who swapped Catalonia for the sandy beaches of Miami. Eventually, they ended on Oriol Romeu, a player who has been up and down over the first two months of the season. Despite getting off to a quick start, Barca is starting to see his limitations. Limitations that are exacerbated by the absence of star midfielder Frenkie de Jong.
Last season the Barca management team were tracking Brazilia wunderkind Andrey Santos, a player who was snapped up by Premier League side Chelsea during the winter transfer window. The move from Vasco da Gama cost Chelsea €12.5 million but the Brazil international has yet to feature for The Blues and spent time back at Vasco da Gama on loan before moving to Nottingham Forrest this year, also on loan.
However, the loan isn’t working out as most expected. In fact, Chelsea has spoken to Nottingham Forrest about the lack of opportunities for Santos. The point of a loan is for the player to experience first-team football, but Santos has made just one appearance for Forrest and has yet to make his Premier League debut. On several occasions, he hasn’t even made the bench.
Barcelona interested in taking Santos on loan in January
The injury to Frenkie de Jong has made one thing clear, Barcelona don’t have a ton of options at that pivot point, and if Romeu continues to struggle it’s imperative for Barca to look for a solution in January.
It’s an interesting option for Barcelona considering their previous interest in the player. But it’s also a player who has struggled to get into a mid-table premier league side, so will he really improve the Barcelona first-team.
According to a report by Fichajes, Barcelona are considering a loan offer for the player in January for the second half of the season.
It could be a good depth signing for Barcelona and considering the sheer quantity of players at Chelsea, it will give the La Liga champions a chance to look at him before making a permanent offer for his services.