There are 2 certainties in the Transfer Tavern, the first is that there are only two options when it comes to wine, white or red, and the second is that Tottenham will be linked with at least 5 strikers each week.
Today is no different, in that Spanish press reports claim that Spurs and their arch-rivals Arsenal are ready to do battle over Barcelona shorty Bojan Krkic. Why anyone would want to swap the City of Barcelona for London or anywhere in Britain is beyond me, but clearly it is something that the young striker might be mulling over in the near future.
Bojan who’s dad was a professional footballer joined the Barcelona youth academy in 1999 at the age of 9. When he turned 16 he was promoted to the Barcelona B side and on his 17th birthday he signed his first professional contract and and he got his debut for the first team during the early phases of the 2007-2008 season and in making his debut he became the youngest person to play for the side, breaking the record set by Lionel Messi.
Bojan has racked up 155 appearances for Barcelona in 4 seasons, but he has never managed to break into the first team on a regular basis, and he mostly appears from the bench or in cup competitions, this has not stopped him from scoring a pretty impressive 38 goals in that period.
Even though Bojan has never been a regular starter for his boyhood team, he has always persevered and made it clear his desire to stay with the team, hoping that he can become an important player for the side. He even signed a new contract with the club in December of last year that will keep him contracted until 2015.
Krkic is a player known for being pretty quick and an extremely good dribbler, as with all products of the Barcelona youth system he has a very good footballing brain and excellent technical ability. Like many Spanish players strength and power is not part of the players make up, but he probably has the footballing intelligence to make up for it.
Throughout his time he has been linked with numerous clubs where first team opportunities would be more common, and Arsenal and Tottenham are currently believed to be battling it out over the youngster. There is also interest from Italian sides Napoli and Juventus to further complicate matters. It would seem that should the player move from the Nou Camp that the English sides may have the edge, the player recently said:
“I like the Premier League a lot”.
With it appearing likely that Arsene Wenger may look to sell Nicklas Bendtner this Summer and with Harry Redknapp desperately needing a top quality striker, a move for the young forward would not be out of the question at all. The player however may need some convincing of giving up on his dream, but with the recent signing of Ibrahim Afellay and him being further than ever from the first 11 it might finally be time for him to move on.
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