Valencia could offer Stoke’s Bojan a return to Spain

Valencia are one of several clubs linked with a move for Bojan Krkic, who has an uncertain future at current club Stoke City.

In one of the most headline-grabbing transfers of recent times, it was with much fanfare that Stoke lured Bojan from Barcelona in the summer of 2014. The playmaker arrived as one of the most exciting talents in Europe, and for just £1.5million.

During his time at the Camp Nou, the Catalonian made over 160 appearances for the first team, and helped them win three league titles and two UEFA Champions Leagues. However, he spent much of his last three years away from the club on loan.

Bojan had a two-year stint in Italy where he played for both Roma and Milan, and then he spent the 2013-14 campaign in Holland with Ajax. So it was a bit of a surprise when his next venture was to Stoke, after agreeing a four-year contract.

He has gone on to make just 59 appearances in his time at the Britannia Stadium, though, with a knee ligament injury keeping him out for eight months in 2015. And he has been on the substitute bench more often than not this term.

Although his contract runs until 2020, his lack of action has led to speculation he could leave the club this month. According to The Sentinel, he may get what could be his last chance against Wolverhampton Wanderers in the FA Cup this weekend.

Should the Spaniard decide his future lies elsewhere and Mark Hughes grants him a transfer, there is sure to be plenty of interested suitors. Middlesbrough are willing to offer him a Premier League lifeline, and Celtic want to lure him to Scotland.

There is also, perhaps inevitably, interest from the Chinese Super League, but Valencia would fancy their chances of winning his signature. Despite their struggles, Los Che remain one of the biggest clubs in La Liga and are an attractive proposition.

Currently coached by Salvador Gonzalez Marco on a caretaker basis following the exit of Cesare Prandelli, the Mestalla club are fourth from bottom in the standings ahead of the resumption of the league this weekend, when they visit Osasuna.

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