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New clubs enter race for Stoke City man



Three more clubs have joined the race to sign Stoke City midfielder Giannelli Imbula, French newspaper L’Equipe have revealed.

It has previously been reported that Belgian outfit Club Brugge and newly promoted Serie A side Leece are interested in signing Imbula, although it now seems that the duo are not alone in monitoring the midfielder.

According to the latest reports from France, Greek giants Olympiacos, Italian side Torino and an as-yet-unnamed Ligue 1 team are all also tracking the 26-year-old.

It is thought Torino have enquired as to the availability of Imbula, as they are keen to add to their squad should they be successful in qualifying for the Europa League.

Whether they do that however remains to be seen, with the Italians currently trailing Premier League Wolves 3-2 ahead of the second leg of their qualifying tie for the competition, which takes place at Molineux on Thursday night.

Earlier in the transfer window, it had been revealed that Imbula is not in the first-team plans of Potters boss Nathan Jones, meaning Stoke could be open to offers here.

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He joined Stoke from Porto in February 2016 for a club-record fee of £18.3million, although the midfielder has struggled to have an impact at the Bet365 Stadium, making just 28 appearances and scoring 2 goals, before spending the last two seasons out on loan at Toulouse and Rayo Vallecano respectively.

The Verdict

You get the feeling a deal may yet happen for Imbula here.

Even if Torino fail to overturn that deficit and make it to the Europa League, there are still plenty of sides circling around the midfielder.

With that in mind, you feel one of them will be able to force a deal through before the summer transfer window for European sides closes on Monday, with the amount of interest highlighting the regard in which Imbula seems to be held on the continent.

Given his Stoke career has gone nowhere near the way it would have been expected, you feel Imbula will be only too happy to see a move elsewhere completed, allowing him to attempt to kick start his career again elsewhere.

UCLan Sports Journalism graduate, been writing for Football League World since March 2019. I've previously worked for the likes of Blackburn Rovers and Opta, among others.

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