Ligue 1 giants approach Stoke for £17m midfield star, Galatasaray also still in race
Galatasaray have been joined by Ligue 1 giants Monaco in the race to sign Stoke City midfielder Giannelli Imbula.
According to the Mirror, Monaco are on the hunt for a new midfielder following the departure of Tiemoue Bakayoko.
Bakayoko made the move to Chelsea last week on a £40 million deal (BBC).
Per the source Monaco have held early talks with Stoke City for Imbula.
Imbula joined Stoke from FC Porto for an eye watering £18 million 17 months ago. The Potters are hoping to recoup most of the money they spent on him.
The 24-year-old has made just 23 appearances for Stoke City in almost one-and-a-half seasons.
A source close to Galatasaray recently revealed to Turkish-Football that the Lions are keen on Imbula.
However, Galatasaray are only interested in signing the French midfielder on a 12-month loan deal.
The Istanbul giants have tabled a £1 million loan fee and are willing to foot all of Imbula’s wages for the duration of the loan.