Stoke have enjoyed wonderful progress since Mark Hughes took over as manager back in the summer of 2013 and one of the main reasons behind the Welshman’s success has been due to his fine recruitment policy.
Hughes has managed to attract the likes of Marko Arnautovic, Bojan Krkic, Xherdan Shaqiri and Giannelli Imbula among others to the Britannia Stadium over the past few seasons and it looks like the 52-year-old is eyeing up a couple more high profile names such as Axel Witsel and Saido Berahino this summer.
In addition, Hughes is looking to add strength in depth as well and now according to reports from Spanish website Diari de Girona, claims have been made that Stoke are currently planning a swoop for Manchester City striker Ruben Sobrino.
Sobrino arrived at the Etihad Stadium from Ponferradina for a fee believed to be in the region of around £350,000 but was immediately farmed out on loan by then manager Manuel Pellegrini to Spanish Segunda Division side Girona.
The 24-year-old did well during his time at Girona and as a result he has been able to attract interest from a host of teams over the summer.
The likes of Sevilla, Deportivo La Coruña and Real Bétis have all been credited with an interest in Sobrino and now claims are being made that even Stoke have joined in the race for the striker.
It seems like Sobrino prefers a move back to Spain but a chance of proving himself in the Premier League could also be a tempting prospect for the City man.