Stoke City have completed the shock signing of former Barcelona star Bojan Krkic in what can be considered a major coup for the club, Sky
The club sealed the move for the Spaniard on a four year contract with the fee undisclosed, but represents a hugely impressive bit of business from chairman Peter Coates and manager Mark Hughes – who was spotted chatting to the player in Cheshire two weeks ago.
Bojan first broke into the Barcelona first team at just 17 years and 19 days old, becoming the youngest ever player, but has struggled to live up to the expectations placed on his young shoulders after he was dubbed the ‘new Messi’ by those at the Nou Camp.
The now 23-year-old left for Roma in a £10m move but last summer found himself back with the Spanish club after being loaned to AC Milan, before Barcelona then loaned him out to Ajax last term.
He impressed with the Dutch club and generated interest in his signature, and has chosen to challenge himself in England with Stoke.
Hughes, a former Barcelona player himself, was delighted at the signing.
He said: “Anyone who knows European football will be aware of him as a player and the fact that he sees his future at Stoke City is really exciting and an endorsement of the club itself.
“He’s desperate to prove himself in the Premier League and we’re pleased to be able to offer him that platform.
“The time he spends with the squad in Germany will help him settle in and will give myself and the coaches the chance to take a good look at him.”
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