Stoke City have new competition in signing Barcelona youngster Bojan Krkic on a season-long loan deal.
The Daily Mirror reports that Spanish side Deportivo La Coruna have joined the race for his signature, giving Bojan a choice as he has been told that he is no longer needed at the Nou Camp.
A deal was nearly completed with the Potters, according to The Independent, and boss Mark Hughes looked set to have landed the 23-year old as a new addition to his Stoke side, after meeting last week for talks about bringing him to the Britannia Stadium.
Stoke, who now play with a new, revitalised style and philosophy, will hope the Spanish star brings his talent to England with him. However, newly promoted Deportivo want the young star, giving the once dubbed ‘new Messi’ a choice between beautiful Spanish weather and typical English downpours.
Bojan recently returned from spending a season on loan at Dutch club Ajax, scoring five times in 32 appearances and helping them to their 33rd Eredivisie title.
And the Spanish player was tipped to be one of the biggest stars around, after rising up through the Barcelona academy, as it is claimed that he netted more than 500 goals in nearly six seasons in his early days.
But, so far he has failed to live up to his promise at Barcelona, with other moves to Roma and AC Milan over the past few seasons.
Young talents leaving
The Catalan giants don’t seem to have much interest in their young talents at the moment with Cristian Tello, Ibrahim Afellay and Gerard Deulofeu all rumoured to be heading for the exit as well as possibly Stoke-bound Bojan.