- Squad No: 6
- Position: Midfielder
- Age: 21
- Birth Date: Sep 24, 1991
- Birth Place: Ulldecona, Spain
- Height: 6′ 0” (1.83m)
- Weight: 79 kg
Unable to make the breakthrough with Sergio Busquets and Javier Mascherano ahead of him, the youngster opted to move on and new Chelsea coach Andre Villas-Boas snapped him up for a fee of around £4.35 million in July 2011.
He impressed Villas-Boas during the early part of the season but, partly through injury, he found opportunities increasingly hard to come by as the campaign wore on.
Strengths: Strong and powerful, his passing is simple and short and he can slot easily between defence and midfield.
Weaknesses: Inexperienced and has had problems adapting to the English game.
Career high: His one appearance for the Barcelona first-team was a high point, and it did enough to earn him a move away.
Career low: His debut was a 3-1 loss to Sevilla and he failed to get back into the side afterwards.
Style: Strong, languid, a midfielder in the Sergio Busquets mould.
Quotes: “”His ability to receive the ball is something out of this world. Oriol was extraordinarily composed with the ball” – Andre Villas-Boas, September 2011
Trivia: His contract contains a €10 million buyback-clause after the first season, and a €15 million buyback-clause after the second, though Chelsea have disputed that claim.