Stoke may turn to Barca man after Yarmo

Date published: Wednesday 29th July 2015 10:45

Stoke on Monday announced former Barcelona winger Ibrahim Afellay as their eighth signing of the summer on a two-year contract.

He joins Marko Arnautovic, Jon Walters, Peter Odemingie and Mame Diouf as senior options for places on the wing at the Britannia Stadium, but the Potters still want to make one more high-profile addition.

However, after already missing out on Yevhen Konoplyanka and all but giving up on Xherdan Shaqiri, their chances of landing Yarmolenko also appear to be over.

“Ultimately, the amount of compensation is not important, but the fact that the level of the club to which he goes on a par with Yarmolenko,” Surkis told Sport Express.

“A level this is undoubtedly higher than the “Stoke”.”

Stoke have not completely given up hope of persuading Dynamo to part with Yarmolenko, but a more likely arrival would appear to be Traore, who Mark Hughes has been tracking since last season.

The 19-year-old has also been linked with Everton and West Ham, but the Potters’ growing contingent of Spaniards and former Barca players may give them the edge.

Potters chairman Peter Coates, meanwhile, is confident Afellay will prove a handy addition for the club despite struggling with injuries in recent years.

“He has obviously had a medical,” Coates told The Sentinel, “and our medical staff are satisfied with his condition.

“He also played a decent number of games last season (on loan from Barcelona to Greek club Olympiakos) and so that is also very encouraging. We have every expectation of him being available for selection.

“So we are very pleased to have completed the signing because he is clearly a very good player with a very good past pedigree.”

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