Stoke City are set to bring 19-year-old Real Madrid youth product Sergio Molina to the club subject to a medical, according to AS.
The defensive midfield player is due to join the Potters’ ranks soon and is expected to become a Stoke player by the end of this week.
The youngster has been a part of the Madrid set up for around 10 years, featuring for Madrid’s Juvenil A side (under 19s) last season.
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Molina is far from the first Spanish player to set up base in Stoke; he follows Marc Muniesa, Bojan Krkic and Joselu to the Britannia Stadium.
Molina will look to bring balance and control to the team, as well as tactical discipline and a good footballing brain, meaning he is useful in many situations.
He is highly rated at the Bernabeu, and has captained youth sides in his career with the 10 times European champions, although has never made a first team appearance.
There is a possibility that with two former Barcelona youngsters in the team already, Molina may be frozen out of the club socially, due to the divide between Spain's two biggest clubs, leading to a bad atmosphere in the dressing room.
This is hardly something Mark Hughes needs to contend with as he builds up to the new Premier League season, which begins in just over one month’s time.