Spanish newspaper AS has confirmed that Stoke City midfielder Giannelli Imbula is primed to join La Liga side Rayo Vallecano on loan. Stoke forked out £18.3million, their club record signing, for the player back in 2016, but has only started 23 league games in that period.
The 25-year-old, who previously played for Porto, ended last season out on loan in France with Ligue 1, helping them to avoid relegation. He is now poised to move into the Spanish leagues for the first time. Imbula last pulled out the famous Stoke shirt in the away draw with Manchester City back in March 2017.
It now appears to be a formality that Imbula will conclude the move. The player has been out in Madrid having a medical and settling into surroundings. Speaking of surroundings, he is not likely to actually be playing his football at the Vallecas Stadium, which is based in Madrid, as the stadium has been closed until mid-October at least for safety reasons according to the BBC.
Imbula has found himself out of favour at the bet365 Stadium for some time. Getafe and Levante, who are also both in La Liga, will be disappointed to read this news as the pair were very interested in signing up the defensive midfielder as well.
The European transfer window closes in a few days’ time, meaning several players in a similar situation to the former Marseille man are desperately looking to secure transfers. Stoke will be glad to get him off the books, and their are others they are looking to move on too. Eric Choupo-Moting is another who is likely to move on.