EPL Transfer News: Stoke City Sign Former Barcelona Winger Ibrahim Afellay
First Bojan, a prodigy at Nou Camp last summer, then Afellay. Stoke City picked up another Barca man on Monday. Dutch winger Ibrahim Afellay has signed for English Premiership club Stoke City. Afellay is the fourth former Barcelona player to have joined the English club.
The 29-year-old completed his four-and-a-half year stint at Nou Camp this summer and moved to feature for the potters on a free transfer. He had nine starts with the Catalans over that period. Afellay spent a few months of last season on loan at Greek side Olympiakos after a temporary stay at Schalke.
Stoke registered their eighth summer signing by roping in 50-time-capped Afellay.
Ukrainian winger Andriy Yarmolenko is also under Stoke City’s radar. The club is ready to bid up to £13 million, as revealed by Stoke boss Mark Hughes.
“We’ve expressed an interest, but we’re not the only club,” Hughes said. “I’m not sure how it’s progressing. We’re in the market for good players but we also understand that there are other clubs who covet players at that level.
“We are encouraged by the conversations we’re having but we also know we have just got to be patient. If it can be done, then the club will try to make it happen.”
Hughes featured for the Catalans in 1980’s.
Stoke have already signed another former Barca winger Moha El Ouriachi earlier this summer and retained Bojan Krkic and Marc Muniesa, both ex-players of Nou Camp.