BOJAN WANTS STOKE EXIT
Bojan Krkic reportedly wants to exit the club during this transfer window, if the right offer is tabled.
The 26-year old Spain international was not in the line up when Stoke City clashed with Sunderland on Saturday. The Potters won the game without him after he gave the excuse of a mild discomfort in his hip.
Manager Mark Hughes has reiterated his desire to keep the player despite his dissatisfaction at the club. The forward joined from Spanish giant Barcelona for £3 million in 2014 but seems to have grown tired of the Premier League side. However, Hughes remain keen on retaining him and has told him that he remains a key player in his plans.
Recent valuation of the club of the forward is £12 million. Middlesbrough enquired but are yet t make any official submission for him. West Brom, Valencia and Las Palmas have also signalled interest in Bojan but now have gone all the way in their attempt to snap the player away from the Bet365 Stadium. Boro remain the top side to lure him away and manager Aitor Karanka recently revealed his admiration for the player.
“I know Bojan because he was in the national team. He is a good player, he has played in AC Milan, Ajax, Rome and Stoke, so he is a good player,” Karanka said.
Karanka seems really hopeful of adding Krkic to his setup at the Riverside but he would have to match Stoke’s valuation to land him. Leicester City could lure Gaston Ramirez to the Kings Power Stadium with a reported £15 million. Bojan could make a good replacement for Ramirez at the Teessiders.
Hughes after their 3-1 victory over Sunderland advised the player to remain at the club but added that said that they (the club, Bojan and his advisers) would “have further discussions about it.”