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Report – Benitez Interested In Signing 25-Year-Old French Midfielder

Foot Mercato are reporting that Stoke City defensive midfielder Giannelli Imbula is interesting Newcastle.

Stoke will need to offload some of their players to be able to manage financially this season down in the Championship.

The 25-year-old former French U21 midfielder joined Stoke two years ago last January from Porto and has played only 25 times for the Potters.

Imbula was signed for a massive €24M (£21M) on a five-and-a-half-year deal that just didn’t work out.

And it’s unlikely Newcastle would be willing to pay half that fee in a permanent deal.

Mark Hughes fell out with the player last summer and sent Imbula on a season-long loan to Toulouse last season where he played 31 times with a goal and two assists.

25-year-old holding midfielder Giannelli Imbula

Crystal Palace and Galatasaray are also said to be interested in the player.

Stoke want to reduce their wage bill as one of the measures they must take to reduce their overall running costs and selling Imbula will be a priority this summer.

So it’s possible we could get the player at a knockdown price, which is what Newcastle are looking for this summer with little transfer money to spend.

Well, those are the reports anyway.

What do you think?

Comments welcome.

11 comments so far

  • toon kk

    Jun 23, 2018 at 9:30 AM

    Comment #1

    All this speculation about possible transfers!!!
    Same old same old!
    On Mitrovic there’s a high chance Rafa doesn’t get on with him, nothing to do with his quality’s. Who knows.

  • jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew

    Jun 23, 2018 at 9:33 AM

    Comment #2

    I am still gobsmacked Rafa bought Joselu…

    …you have to think he has seen him play or even had a look at his career so far!

  • magic hat

    Jun 23, 2018 at 9:37 AM

    Comment #3

    Merino replacement? Only thing I can think unless he’s retraining hayden as a centreback.

  • posada

    Jun 23, 2018 at 9:37 AM

    Comment #4

    Mitro is a victim of the modern game where teams don’t want to attack for fear of leaving themselves too open to counter.
    If this keeps up most teams will play a 5/5/0 formation.
    Five defenders and five midfielders.

    What caused this change. Light weight easy to move about ball.
    Better playing surfaces in the main.
    favours a particular type of game.

  • kc2012

    Jun 23, 2018 at 9:39 AM

    Comment #5

    I said it a few Weeks ago and I genuinely think that the Mitro, Mbemba and Mbabu situations will turn out to be Rafa’s biggest mistakes as Toon boss and will all come back to bite us.

    Who is Rafa expecting to bring in to replace him for around about the same price – Probably Jorgenson who honestly looks half the player Joselu is.

    I’ve never been the biggest Mitro fan but in the last 6 Months he’s proven me wrong and now looks a very good striker and there’s no chance we can sell him for £20m. He’s worth a lot more in the current inflated market.

    Also Rafa needs to think about that £12m release clause in Shaqiris contract imo. He’d be a quality signing for us.

  • spaghetti bandit

    Jun 23, 2018 at 9:43 AM

    Comment #6

    Jib I have read a lot of your rubbish over the years but to suggest Serbia or Switzerland would struggle against top ten championship sides is rite up there proving you know absolutely nothing about football,, which top ten team in the championship would have kolarov Ivanovic matic tadic milivojevic and the centre midfielder every top team in Europe wants milinkovic savic Switzerland have player in there starting 11 who like shaqiri lichsteneier who was at juve for 7 yrs now at Arsenal xhaka behrami ac Milan’s leftback all 11 from both teams play in top European leagues if you believe these would struggle against the likes of Ipswich and Preston then you know less than a pebble about football

  • The next Mike Williamson

    Jun 23, 2018 at 9:50 AM

    Comment #7

    Stoke have a few they could sell to balance the books and they’d still be left with enough players to challenge. They don’t seem to have too many that would see themselves as too big for that league either. We were so lucky we had Sissoko and Wijnaldum and a big loan from Ashley. Without those we’d have had to sell lots moreand couldnt have strengthened. We’d probably still be down there.

  • sing in the corner

    Jun 23, 2018 at 9:51 AM

    Comment #8

    From last thread…

    Mitro is still not the right starting striker for us. Let’s not over hype his performances in the last 2 games. He’s done ok. He showed he can control his temper which is a big plus.
    He still doesn’t work enough off the ball I think. And his anticipatory movement remains rubbish. You need that in PL, especially when you have no pace.
    Jib earlier described him as clever..holding shirts of defenders..
    I’ve seen few less clever or subtle blokes than Mitro in that regard.

  • The next Mike Williamson

    Jun 23, 2018 at 9:55 AM

    Comment #9

    yeah kc, if he was worth £15m 3 years ago, just the inflated value would add another £10m, not to mention he had an ok first season and is now looking good. We have to get £30m at the least, just to not look like fools.

  • Jib

    Jun 23, 2018 at 10:12 AM

    Comment #10

    spaghetti bandit
    Footy is a team game
    It’s all very well listing the top drawer players
    Serbia and Switzerland have.
    It’s the dross they have to make the teams up
    with that drags them down.
    Argentina are a case in point – they have Messi
    and won sfa
    Portugal have CR7 surrounded by top class European players

    Wolves would have had no problems vs Serbia or Switzerland

  • The overrated Frenchman

    Jun 23, 2018 at 10:31 AM

    Comment #11

    “Wolves would have had no problems vs Serbia or Switzerland”

    Can that comment be archived somehow for future generations to enjoy?


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