Bojan Krkic has told Stoke City he wants to leave the club in this transfer window, if the right offer comes in for him.
Bojan wasn’t in the Stoke squad for Saturday’s 3-1 win at Sunderland, and told Mark Hughes he has some mild discomfort in his hip.
Hughes has repeated his desire to keep the Spaniard, and has told him he’s still a key part of his plans. Middlesbrough have made an enquiry, but have yet to make a bid.
Hughes insists that versatile attacker Bojan was omitted at the weekend due to fitness reasons, but the former Barcelona starlet – who has featured just nine this this season – could now be on his way out of the bet365 Stadium should a formal bid be made by Boro.
“He wasn’t fit for the game. But we would like him to stay with us,” he is quoted as saying by Gazette Live. “But if Bojan and his advisers feel that is the best thing for his career we will have to wait and see and have further discussions about it. Ideally, he just needs to settle down and focus on his career at Stoke.”
Stoke are understood to be after a replacement for Bojan before sanctioning his move to Boro, while the Smoggies have other options in mind – including Robert Snodgrass and Gerard Deulofeu – should they miss out on their top target.
It’s thought Stoke would want at least £12m for the 26-year-old forward.