Stoke Chase PSG’s Spanish Starlet


Once thought of as one of Europe’s hottest properties, Jese Rodriguez is set to pay the price for PSG‘s failure to win the French title last season. The 24-year-old former Real Madrid forward will leave Paris this summer and having rejected a loan deal with Fiorentina, finds himself the centre of Stoke City‘s attentions, according to the Daily Mail.

It’s a case of history repeating itself for the Premier League club. Bojan Krkic, 26, was also one of Europe’s highest-rated youngsters but the former Barcelona striker struggled to make an impact after moving to the East Midlands in 2014. 61 games later, he was shipped off FSV.05 Mainz on loan.

He returned to the Bet365 and remains in limbo. However, his presence may help Jese settle quickly if Stoke and PSG can agree a fee for the striker. He spent much of 2016-17 on loan at Las Palmas but failed to earn a permanent deal, with much criticism emerging from the Canary Islands over his wage demands.

Unai Emery, PSG’s beleaguered head coach, is under pressure to deliver silverware this season and Jese’s lack of form since moving to the French capital makes him a prime target for the cull PSG must embark upon to ensure they do not fall foul of French and UEFA FFP regulations.