Stoke City complete signing of former Barcelona star

Stoke City have completed the signing of Ibrahim Afellay from Barcelona, according to reports from the BBC.

Afellay becomes the fourth former Barcelona player to make the move to the Britannia Stadium after Bojan Krkic, Marc Muniesa, and Moha El Ouriachi signed for the Potters this past year.

The 29-year-old Dutchman ran out his four-and-a-half contract with the La Liga giants and arrives at Stoke on a free transfer, spending two seasons on loan with FC Schalke and Olimpiakos previously.

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Stoke manager Mark Hughes has been extremely active in the summer market, already making eight signings since the start of the transfer window.

However, Hughes is still interested in more players, with Ukraine ace Andriy Yarmolenko also being targeted by the former Manchester City boss.

“We’ve expressed an interest, but we’re not the only club,” Hughes said. “I’m not sure how it’s progressing. We’re in the market for good players but we also understand that there are other clubs who covet players at that level.

“We are encouraged by the conversations we’re having but we also know we have just got to be patient. If it can be done, then the club will try to make it happen.”

The club have funds available from the sales of Steven N’Zonzi to Sevilla and Asmir Begovic’s switch to Chelsea, making a total of £15million.