Stoke City have arguably pulled off one of the finest pieces of transfer business this summer as the club’s official website announced the sensational signing of Jese Rodriguez from Paris Saint-Germain.
The 24-year-old has arrived at the bet365 Stadium on a season-long loan deal, becoming Mark Hughes’ sixth signing of the summer and the second in a week along with Maxim Choupa-Moting.
Speaking about the Rodriguez coup, Stoke Chief Executive Tony Scholes said:
“Jesé was a man in demand when PSG made it clear they would allow him to leave on loan and we’re delighted he has chosen to join us.
“He hasn’t had the happiest of periods in his career in Paris but he’s still only a young man and is hungry to make a big impression in the Premier League.”
Rodriguez – who is a two-time Champions League winner as part of the Real Madrid squad – has struggled since his move to Paris and he spent last season on-loan at small La Liga side Las Palmas.
It was Stoke’s Twitter account that set the ball rolling on social media…
? We all need a bit of inspiration halfway through the working week…
— Stoke City FC (@stokecity) August 16, 2017
Before he put his own welcome message a bit later on…
— JeseRodriguez10 (@JeseRodriguez10) August 16, 2017
And it’s fair to say that there were a few shocked people…
This makes no sense. I mean Jese needed a new team, but Stoke? https://t.co/woWOBBoUoI
— Matt Wittyngham (@MattWittyngham) August 16, 2017
If someone had told me in 2015 that Jese would end up at Stoke City…
— Phillip Ekuwem (@PhilEkuwem) August 16, 2017
With some wondering how Mark Hughes does it…
Jese is an unreal signing for Stoke. Since when did Stoke-on-Trent become so appealing? ? Bojan, Shaqiri and now Jese?
— Ryan Boyd (@RyanSAFC_) August 16, 2017
With Jese Rodriguez signing on loan, Stoke have highest number of CL winners in a PL squad. Shaqiri, Bojan, Jesé, Muniesa and Fletcher. MAD.
— Arron Fôn Evans (@ArronEvansNews) August 16, 2017
One of these days we will get know how Mark Hughes & Stoke City managed to convince
To join them
— Lord of the Memes (@dejazimako007) August 16, 2017
But Stoke fans were understandably over the moon…
— EKrPSG Jr (@EKrPSG) August 16, 2017
Potentially really good signing for Stoke. If Jesé gets his confidence and form back, he'll be a handful for defenses.
— Pressan ? ? (@Pressan10) August 16, 2017
Good signing Jese to Stoke??
— Andy Barlow (@AndyBarlow14) August 16, 2017
Stoke signing Jesé got me like pic.twitter.com/2c26QbwmMh
— Hally ??? (@GazHall8) August 16, 2017
Some were a bit more dubious about the switch though…
Really silly from Stoke. If Jesé flops and Arnautovic scores 15+, they won't live it down.
— Route One Football (@route1_footy) August 16, 2017
Jese to Stoke. Good signing, but I think he'll flop at the Premier League.
— Abdullatif (@VintageRomelu) August 16, 2017
People are treating the Jese to Stoke move like it's a brilliant bit of business when Jese has been on a downward trajectory for years.
— Turquoise Unicornski (@Ariurotl) August 16, 2017
Whilst others were in need of a lie down after another twist in a crazy summer window…
We live in the world where Paulinho joined Barça and two time UCL winner Jese signs for Stoke City. Put football in the bin.
— Keyser (@yadixote) August 16, 2017
What do you think Stoke City fans? Will Jese be a shrewd signing? Let us know below.