Stoke City were the big spenders on deadline day of the January 2016 transfer window as they smashed their club-record purchase to sign midfielder Giannelli Imbula for £18.3m from Porto.
The powerful and skilful Frenchman has signed a five-and-a-half-year deal to join the Mark Hughes revolution at the Britannia Stadium. This is what Stoke can expect to get for their money…
Imbula was reportedly targeted by Chelsea and Tottenham Hotspur before swapping Marseille for Porto last summer, and is the latest coup for a club who have shown great ambition in the transfer market.
Champions League winners Bojan and Ibrahim Afellay arrived before the statement-making £12m buy of Xherdan Shaqiri, who stood as Stoke’s most expensive ever recruit before today’s Imbula swoop.
The 23-year-old is seen as a replacement for Steven N’Zonzi, who was sold to Sevilla at the start of the season, and will add some meat to a Potters side which already boasted all of the trimmings.
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