Transfer news

Bojan seeks first-team football

May 30, 2013
By Dermot Corrigan, Spain Correspondent

Bojan Krkic’s father says his son would rather not spend another season on loan at AC Milan or return to parent club Barcelona.

Bojan Krkic
PA Photos Bojan has made over 100 appearances for Barcelona

Bojan, 22, was a peripheral figure at the San Siro last season, and Milan would reportedly like to take him on loan for another year rather than pay the reported €15 million required to make the move permanent.

Meanwhile, the arrival of Neymar at the Camp Nou, along with the promotion of young winger Gerard Deulofeu to the Blaugrana senior ranks, suggests that coach Tito Vilanova has already chosen his attacking reinforcements for next season.

Krkic senior told Ser Esports that no decision had yet been made for the future, but the priority was to be at a club which offered a chance for regular football.

"I am convinced that Bojan is good enough to play for Barcelona, but he prioritises going to a team where he will play a lot,” he said. “Milan are happy with his performance, but we do not want another loan because that does guarantee playing time. With Barcelona we have not yet spoken because we want to speak first with Milan and they were busy with Neymar."

Former Spanish youth star Bojan played 27 games for Milan last year, but mostly as a substitute, and scored just three goals during a total of 1,208 minutes on the pitch. He also spent the 2011-12 season on loan at Roma.

Recent speculation in the Catalan media has linked La Liga clubs Atletico Madrid and Malaga with a move for the youngster, while English clubs Newcastle and Liverpool or Bundesliga side Hamburg could also decide to firm up past interest.