Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Part Deux: Juan Is Not A Lonely Number

Okay, so we all know Juan Agudelo the player is now Stoke City property. And if you read NSC, you apparently are the only ones anywhere who already know that his is no new second-chance deal, but that he has actually been signed to the club since the August pre-deal. I keep wondering when other outlets will figure this out. Sky thinks he is going to Stoke on loan. Cripes, ITV does not even realize it is done yet.

Now, loan suitor names have started to leak out - some true, some false. Let us finally discuss this openly.
I know Standard Liège have a great shot, they seem the favorites. At least they did a couple days ago, for what it may be worth. A couple local scribes have gotten wind that FC Twente are making a play, and I can confirm this is correct. Beyond that, it is a foggy picture. It would make a good amount of sense, but I cannot confirm rumored loan bidder Anderlecht are currently in the running. Ditto to an extent for known admirers Valencia - but if I had to make a call gun-to-head, my guess would be they are gone now. There was at least one other big Dutch team milling about on my last check, but erm, I am stuck between two possibles on that identity.

As for the time to learn his temporary home until the end of the season, I believe that is coming very soon. Of course, these things often take longer than I expect. Or maybe I am just impatient. The good news is it seems very, very likely that he will be located not terribly far from me for a while.

: For the second time in a week, Het Laatste Nieuws has effectively shot down supposed Anderlecht loan interest in Agudelo. Trust me, guys, I know how you feel. Raise an honorary NSC Offside Flag for HLN and let it ripple twice.

UPDATE UPDATE: I am not sure where it came from, but some Stoke message boards seem to think Hannover 96 is an option in some sort of deal that would also bring them Mame Biram Diouf this summer. The latter part makes no sense, as the Reds striker is a summer freebie. I cannot yet confirm or deny this talk, but as of a few weeks ago there was no loan suitor in Germany.

- Greg Seltzer


RobUsry said...

FC Twente would be great. Any upper-middle class (for lack of a better description) Eredivisie club would be fantastic. I'd be okay with Belgium too. Both leagues seem to have great track records for developing talent. I want him nowhere near Spain right now.

I know it's hard to say, but do you have any idea when this we'll be resolved? It would be nice to see him playing soon. Admittedly, I am a huge Agudelo fanboy, but I think he'll really thrive in Europe.

Greg Seltzer said...

Oh I have learned my lesson about relaying expected times. Either way, barring an injury crisis, I would think he would not start seeing game time until he had been in training for a couple few weeks.

soccer boy said...

So with benifica getting 25 mill euros from chealsea would juan get any sniff from them? Plus why aren't they (stoke) just taking any loan? Having him play right away instead of sitting makes no sense. Just take what you can get. Your not going to be able to use him to stay up this year! Sorry my lil rant. Is there anyway he goes to france?

Greg Seltzer said...

I do not think Benfica needs anyone up top right now. Stoke is not the only one who needs to approve, the player does also. And there is no just need to take whatever you get when several teams are fighting over him.

soccer boy said...

Yeah I understand that but just wish they would make up their mind. Who has the better deal in terms of chance of play development plus other things just make the deal already!