At one point this lad was rated as big a talent as Messi at the Camp Nou, budding football managers playing FM ten years ago will testify to that!
Bojan Krkić Pérez has not lived up to the hype of his early days in Spain has found himself a bit of a footballing nomad. Coming through the ranks of Barcelona to the first team where he played 100 plus games for the Catalan, threatening to set the world alight but always on the cusp.
He was sold to Roma in 2011 for 13million Euros but failed to settle before being shipped out on-loan to Milan in 2012 where he managed just three league goals in sixteen appearances for the San Siro side.
With a buy-back clause in his contract, Barcelona took the option to bring him back to Spain where he failed to make a single league appearance before heading out on-loan to Ajax shortly after. A four-goal return in twenty-four league appearances seen him lift the league with the Dutch outfit but they weren’t interested in making the deal permanent.
Many were surprised when Stoke came calling for the player who signed the Spaniard for a cut fee and large wage. Due to injury and not being given a massive run in the side, compounded by Stoke signing another number 10 in Joe Allan this summer and Bojan has been found on the outside looking in with the Potters.
Cue the rumours that the forward might be on the move again with Celtic being mentioned heavily with the former Barca star. So what are the chances of
So what are the chances of Celtic taking the Barcelona star from Stoke?
The 26-year-old’s contract runs till 2020 which means the ball is firmly in the club’s court with regards to a fee. While Stoke doesn’t see a big future for Bojan at the club, they do see a decent sized fee in the form of £10million plus. A pittance for a Premier League side but an unthinkable and outlandish fee for any side plying their trade in Scotland.
We’re told that Brendan tried to get Bojan in the summer but was met with resistance at the time. Now it seems there’s an acceptance he will move on but with the aforementioned large fee attached. Couple that together with his wage demands and I can’t see how this deal becomes a reality without serious concessions from Stoke and the player.
I’m told Celtic are willing to go that bit further for Brendan Rodgers if the right deal comes along but even if the purse strings get extremely loose, I can’t envision the Celtic hierarchy signing a 26-year-old, who’s had his troubles with injuries for a large fee and wage packet.
A loan deal would seem the most likely option for both sides if they really do want to make a deal, however, this would only make sense if it was a Paddy Roberts style deal that would see the player stay for 18 months. This would mean he could bed in this season with the next in mind.
That scenario is much more plausible but again it’s predicated on Stoke making concessions and with Middelsbourogh sniffing around the second striker a permanent deal will always look more attractive.
With exactly a week till the window closes we’ll get our answer sooner rather than later.