Levante eyeing Stoke’s Gianelli Imbula as Jefferson Lerma replacement

The Daily Mail is today reporting that Stoke midfielder Gianelli Imbula is a target of Spanish side Levante who see him as a replacement for Jefferson Lerma who is edging closer to a move to Bournemouth.

Defensive midfielder

Imbula began his career in France with EA Guingamp for whom he played 71 games, in which he scored two and assisted two.

He then moved to Marseille in 2013 for a fee in the region of £6.75 million Imbula played 76 games for Marseille during which time he would score three and assist four.

Imbula would then move to FC Porto in July of 2015 for a transfer fee of £18 million. However, he would manage just 21 appearances for Porto before moving to Stoke in February 2016 for a fee of around £21.8 million

Giannelli Imbula played a total of 28 games for Stoke City, in which he scored two.

However, Toulouse would spend the 2017/18 season out on loan at French side Toulouse playing a total of 32 games, scoring one and assisting two.

And with Stoke now relegated Imbula is looking to make his move away from the Potters permanent.

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND – APRIL 28: Mohamed Salah of Liverpool sees his shot go wide during the Premier League match between Liverpool and Stoke City at Anfield on April 28, 2018 in Liverpool, England. (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)

Relegated

After 10 years in the Premier League, Stoke City were relegated to the Championship at the end of the 2017/18 season.

Stoke finished 19th in the league with just 33 points from 38 games. They also had a dismal defensive record letting in 68 goals in the Premier League last season.

And now it seems is Imbula is also likely to leave Stoke this summer with Levante very keen on him.

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