STOKE CITY believe they can push through a deal to make Quique Sanchez Flores their new manager – despite a hold up in talks.
Ex-Watford boss Flores has told Espanyol he plans to leave and move to the Potteries for a return to Premier League football.
But the La Liga club want around £3.5million in compensation and the two clubs were hammering out a deal.
Flores met with Espanyol’s general sports director Oscar Perarnau and sports director Jordi Lardin to pave his way to join Stoke
Potters chief executive Tony Scholes is in Barcelona to complete the deal.
Stoke hoped to have Flores installed by Friday but he is now likely to be in the stands for Monday’s clash with Manchester United at Old Trafford.
Potters chiefs see the current delay as a minor obstacle – and Flores, 52, could be in charge of the team next week ahead of the home clash with Huddersfield Town.
But there is even a suggestion in Spain that he could still be with Espanyol’s for Sunday’s game against Athletic Bilbao.
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At the moment, caretakers Eddie Niedzwiecki and Kevin Russell are set to take the team against United after Mark Hughes was sacked last weekend.
Flores knows they have been working with the players all week and does not want to disrupt preparations
But Flores refused to answer questions about his future after Espanyol’s Copa del Rey win over Levante on Thursday night.
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