Another season in the Premier League for Stoke City comes to an end. They have been quite settled since their promotion in 2008 but European football will surely be the next target in the coming seasons. After finishing 9th, Mark Hughes will certainly look to add some quality players into his squad to fuel their push into the top six. We take a look at three players Stoke could sign to help make the dream come true. To keep up to date with any transfers and club changes, you can follow online sporting reports like 안전놀이터, and get the low down on everything that’s happening with the clubs.
1 – Axel Witsel
According to reports Stoke City have launched a fresh £11 million bid to land long-term target Axel Witsel. The Potters have been long-term admirers of the Zenit St Petersburg man and chief exec Tony Scholes admitted Stoke City could break their transfer record again this summer.
The Sun are reporting that Mark Hughes will once again try to land the Belgium international this summer after having an offer rebuffed by the Russian club in January.
Stoke City did manage to sign £18.3 million man Giannelli Imbula in January and they are once again in the market for a quality midfielder this summer and are hoping to partner him with Witsel for next season.
Witsel has been around Europe for many years and his consistent performances have the caught the eye of other teams. His accurate passing and powerful dribbling is one of his strongest attributes whilst aerial duels is a strength of his, aerial duels is a crucial asset to play in the Premier League especially in one of the most demanding positions in midfield. Witsel is a clever player and plays with maturity – we rarely dives into tackles; this can let him down on the other hand as his tackling can be a weakness. An added bonus to have the likes of Witsel is his versatility, in his career he has been tried in as a winger, attacking midfielder, a number 8 and a defensive midfielder. After being tested in many areas Witsel has cemented himself a place in central midfield where he feels most comfortable. His good form has always been rewarded and he has been capped 64 times for Belgium so far, scoring 6 goals.
Stoke won’t get their man easily, with the 27-year-old Belgium ace also attracting interest from Italian side Roma.