Marc Muniesa seems a very likeable man and a capable footballer. He hasn’t rocked the boat too much at Stoke City despite not getting the prominence he must have expected, and when he recently scored a goal for the club he couldn’t have look more thrilled.
Despite that, Stoke City fans could be forgiven for getting a little annoyed with his transfer saga.
As we stated a couple of days ago, via an Estadio Deportivo report:
‘Personal terms between Muniesa and Betis are said to have already been agreed, and the player is ‘lobbying in public and in private’ to get Stoke City to decrease their demands and agree to the move. By that, Estadio Deportivo are referring to an Instagram post from Muniesa of a summer trip to Seville.
Estadio Deportivo say the defender will this week once again ask Mark Hughes and Stoke City to come to an agreement with Real Betis.’
The problem remains money and Betis want Stoke to agree to a loan with a right for the Spanish club to buy Muniesa in the summer for less than £2.5m.
AS reckon Stoke will agree to a loan with an ‘affordable’ buying option in the summer, which would be mandatory as long as Betis, 14th in La Liga, avoid relegation.
Maybe it’s time Stoke got an agent to start offering 24 year old Muniesa around other Spanish clubs for a reasonable fee. With his flexibility in position and Barca pedigree, and a contract until 2019, surely Stoke can get someone to stump up €5m or more.