The deal is being held up while Stoke complete a permanent deal to sign ex-Blue Stephen Ireland from Aston Villa. With Oussama Assaidi already on loan from Liverpool, Stoke have to make Ireland’s deal permanent to free up a loan spot for Guidetti.
As soon as this is sorted, Guidetti’s move to the Potters will be pushed through.
Guidetti has already passed a medical and despite serious interest from across Europe, including late efforts from Lazio and Sampdoria to take him on loan, he will finally be playing Premier League football soon.
Stoke have asked about an option to sign him permanently at the end of the season and while we can’t confirm if there has been any progress on this, you’d think City would say “no” to that.
The Swede is very well thought of by City and Pellegrini, who tried to sign him on loan for Málaga last season. He will have competition such as Peter Crouch up front at Stoke and will hope to replicate the outstanding form that saw him score 20 goals in 23 games while at Feyenoord.
City will be watching the 21-year-old academy product closely. The success of this loan deal could determine whether he is in City’s long-term plans or if his future will lie elsewhere…