By Chris Wright
The improbable Barcelona-to-Stoke City transfer migration path has been trodden once again this afternoon with the news that Ibrahim Afellay has joined the Potters on a two-year deal.
Marc Muniesa, Bojan Krkic and recent arrival Moha El Ouriachi have all swapped the Camp Nou for the Britannia of late as Mark Hughes continues to change the entire footballing ethos of the once-lumpy Premier League side.
Afellay is now the fourth player to make the same move…
#SCFC are delighted to announce the signing of Dutch international winger Ibrahim Afellay
— Stoke City FC (@stokecity) July 27, 2015
On paper, Afellay has been at Barca for the last four-and-a-half years, though he only actually made nine starts for the Catalan giants in that time – with roughly 50% of the Dtuch international winger’s total tenure spent on loan at Schalke and Olympiakos.
He’s bloody good, we know this. Whether he fancies it or not is quite another matter.