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Monday 23 October 2017

Stoke pounce to sign up former Spanish star Krkic

Stoke City have signed one-time Spain international forward Bojan Krkic from Barcelona on a four-year deal, the Premier League side said yesterday.

Bojan, 23, was part of Barcelona's youth system and scored 26 goals in 104 league appearances before leaving for AS Roma in2011, having made his first team debut at 17.

He spent time at AC Milan on loan before rejoining the Catalan side last season.

He did not make an appearance for the La Liga giants and was sent on loan to Dutch champions Ajax Amsterdam, scoring five goals in 32 matches.

"Anyone who knows European football will be aware of him as a player and the fact that he sees his future at Stoke City is really exciting and an endorsement of the club," managerMark Hughes said.

"He's desperate to prove himself in the Premier League and we're pleased to be able to offer him that platform."

Bojan, who won a single Spain cap as a teenager in 2008, becomes Stoke's fifth off-season signing, joining Mame Biram Diouf, Steve Sidwell, Phil Bardsley and Dionatan Teixeira.

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers is interested in striking a deal to bring young Atletico Madrid defender Javier Manquillo to Anfield.

The 20-year-old has played just six league matches in the last two seasons for the Primera Division champions as understudy to Spain international Juanfran.

It's understood Rodgers is interested in taking the right-back on loan with a view to a permanent deal, although reports in Spain of an agreement already having been reached are premature.

Dunga has been named successor to Luiz Felipe Scolari as Brazil coach.

The 1994 World Cup-winning captain was appointed yesterday.

Scolari resigned after Brazil finished fourth in the recent World Cup they hosted, suffering a humiliating 7-1 semi-final rout by Germany in the process.

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