Could Bojan Krkic be closing in on a highly surprising move from Barcelona to Stoke City…
Bojan Krkic’s surprise move from Barcelona to Stoke City could be close to completion, after the player was left out of the Catalan’s pre-season training squad.
Reports in the Marca earlier this week linked the Potters with the sensational swoop for the 23-year-old forward, who was thought to be one of the club’s brightest young talents when he first emerged as a teenager.
After a series of disappointing spells with the likes of Roma, AC Milan and Ajax – where he netted just 14 league goals in three years – the one-time Spanish international is desperate to rejuvenate his career.
He became the youngest player to make his debut for Barcelona at 17 years and 19 days, and was hailed as the next Lionel Messi.
The youngster scored 41 goals in 162 appearances for Barcelona between 2007 and 2011, and was expected to be the next big thing at the Nou Camp. Now available in a cut-price deal, Stoke manager Mark Hughes could jump at the chance to add to his striking options.
The two clubs have already begun talks over the potential transfer, and those talks are set to continue after the player learnt he was not in Barcelona’s plans.
Peter Coates, the Stoke chairman, said: “Mark has met with the player and we’re quietly confident of getting it all completed soon.
“Attacking players have been very much the focus for Mark since the end of last season and obviously Bojan would be another very good addition.”
Hughes has already signed Mame Biram Diouf, the Senegalese striker, on a free transfer from Hannover, while Steve Sidwell and Phil Bardsley have also joined, from Fulham and Sunderland respectively.