On Thursday we covered a story from Marca which claimed the first step has already been taken on a potential Oriol Romeu to Barcelona transfer this summer. That first step was making contact, according to the Spanish newspaper, and they priced the starting point for a potential move at a rather low €15m.

Whilst covering Marca’s claims we pointed out the recent spate of Romeu to Barcelona rumours had been started by Mundo Deportivo in March. The Catalan newspaper suggested Southampton’s midfielder could be a great back-up, and eventually replacement, for Sergio Busquets.

Therefore, it’s a little surprising to see Mundo Deportivo turn the tables and blame Romeu and/or Southampton for the rumours.

On their Friday back page the newspaper say: ‘Barca believe the rumours of interest in Oriol Romeu (Southampton) and Nelson Semedo (Benfica) are tactics to raise Screen Shot 2017-05-12 at 09.46.16their price in the market’.

So, clearly, that’s an accusation that either Southampton and/or Romeu, or people connected to them, have purposely spread rumours of Barcelona interest to increase the player’s market value.

That’s from Mundo Deportivo, who have clearly forgotten it was they who started the story in the first place.