Gianelli Imbula is all set to join Stoke City for a club record fee of 18 million pounds from FC Porto, claims The Guardian. Stoke’s previous expensive signing was Xherdan Shaqiri who joined the Potters last summer for a fee of12 million pounds from Inter Milan. Imbula was the most expensive signing in Portugese football when he joined Porto from French side Marseille in 2015 for a reported fee of 20 million pounds.
The 23-year-old French footballer is regarded as a highly talented midfielder who could also be assigned in attacking positions. His form is a concern, as he has scored only three times for Marseille, despite making 76 appearances for the club across all competitions.
However, Stoke City boss Mark Hughes is confident over completing the deal before the end of the transfer deadline, although no words have been reported of a potential meeting between the club authorities and the player or his agent.
Mark Hughes noted the talent of Imbula when the Potters challenged Porto in a friendly pre-season match. He also said, things have happened quickly than anticipated.
“It is fine. It is fair to say it has progressed significantly quicker this morning.” Mark Hughes spoke.
“Last night was seemingly a little bit difficult, but it is progressed and our hope is at some point today we will be able to announce a big signing for us.” The coach also praised his to-be-new-signing, and revealed that he is a great admirer of the player’s ability on the ball and range of passing.
“He is a good young player, got power, he has got ability on the ball, a good range of passing and he will add to the quality we have already got.” He added.
Furthermore, he said that the young midfielder is flying now to England and a deal could be stuck before the closure of transfer window. When asked about the current deal eclipsing the record-deal of Shaqiri, Mark hughes opened up to reveal that the matter is concerned with talent, more than money.