Giannelli Imbula is set to depart the bet365 Stadium after reaching an agreement in principle with Turkish giants Galatasaray over a potential loan move. Imbula cost Stoke around £21m during the winter transfer window in 2016 as part of a high profile move following impressive displays at FC Porto.
Having largely failed to live up to expectations at Stoke, the 24-year-old midfielder is going to be shipped out on loan by the Potters in the hope that Imbula can rediscover his form. The Belgian-born star will move to the Türk Telekom Stadium once an agreement has been reached between the two clubs, according to NTV Spor.
Stoke are currently having to deal with the possibility that star man Marko Arnautović will likely be leaving this summer as West Ham prepare a third bid of around £23m for the Austrian international. The Potters have already rejected a £20m offer from the Hammers as manager Slaven Bilić plans on bringing new attacking players to the London Stadium.
Imbula, who excelled at Porto and Marseille, could still have a future in the Premier League despite the fact he has shown he can't perform on a cold, wet Tuesday night in Stoke on a consistent basis.
The loan move to Galatasaray will see the former French U21 international thrust into the first team of an ageing midfield that has just lost their key player, Wesley Sneijder after the 33-year-old Dutchman quit the Turkish side this summer.
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