Stokesalona? (Sorry, we had to).
Mark Hughes’ Premier League outfit Stoke City has signed a third Barcelona player since 2013, as the Potters have brought in 19-year-old Moha El Ouriachi.
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Moha, as he’s known, appeared for Spain at youth levels and now represents Morocco as a U-23 player. He’s 19 and plays on the wing, and was an unused sub for Wednesday’s shootout loss to Everton in the Barclays Asia Trophy tournament.
Moha turned down Barcelona’s offer of a new contract in favour of a move to the Potters, where he links-up with ex-Barca players Bojan and Marc Muniesa.
City Chief Executive Tony Scholes said: “He’s excited about joining a Premier League club, especially one that already has two former Barcelona players in their squad.
“Moha has seen the progress made by Bojan and Marc and wants to try and do likewise.”
Will it be another coup for the Potters? Krkic was very good pre-injury last season and Muniesa has been fine at worst.
At least it seems a good chance for Stoke to take a small risk on a potential big transfer reward, as the Barcelona experience usually gains players’ second and third chances. And since Barca was willing to keep him, that’s a good sign.