Stoke City are reportedly weighing up a big-money offer for Brazilian ace Luan but must sell first, say The Sun.
The report suggests that Potters’ officials have made contact with the 24-year-old’s representatives over a move to the Bet365 Stadium. A figure of £18 million is mentioned though apparently nothing has yet been agreed.
The publication also states that any move for the Brazilian playmaker would be dependent on whether Stoke decide to offload one of their current attacking options, Xherdan Shaqiri or Marko Arnautovic.
Speculation has been rife over the future of the Swiss winger, with Italian giants AS Roma reportedly lining him up as a replacement for recently departed Mohamed Salah.
However, Shaqiri appeared to quash such rumours in an interview with Blick a few weeks ago.
“I have a contract with Stoke until 2020,” he told the Swiss newspaper.
“If I were to leave Stoke, it would have to be a step up for me. Everything would have to be right.”
Powerful winger Arnautovic also has a deal with the Potters until 2020 and only signed a contract extension last summer. Despite being linked with Paris St. Germain and AC Milan it seems unlikely that the Austrian will leave any time soon.
Stoke fans will be hoping that they can keep their current stars as they look to build on an inconsistent showing last season but the link with Luan is encouraging.
The exciting youngster had been heavily linked with a move to Liverpool six months ago, after consistently impressing with Gremio in the Brazilian top flight, scoring 53 goals in 182 appearances.
His good form led to a call-up to the national team, making his debut from the bench in a 1-0 friendly win over Colombia in January. Luan was also part of the victorious Under-23 squad for the Olympic Games in Rio De Janeiro last summer, scoring in the quarter final and starting in the final.
With the return of Bojan from a loan spell in Germany and with Shaqiri and Arnautovic looking to stay put, the Potters already have an abundance of talent and creativity at the club.
However, last year they lacked strength in depth in the attacking third and were often predictable and pedestrian.
The arrival of Luan would provide welcome competition to a forward line that struggled for consistency and form for the majority of the campaign. Fans will be hoping that the young Brazilian can bring back energy and excitement to the Bet365 Stadium ahead of the new season.
Stoke have been quiet so far this summer with veteran midfielder Darren Fletcher the only new signing to date. Despite being strongly linked with a number of players including Hull City’s teenage full-back Josh Tymon and Manchester City’s Fabien Delph, the Potters must remain patient for now.