Giannelli Imbula joins Stoke City….

Stoke have broken their transfer record to sign midfielder Giannelli Imbula from Porto for a fee of £18.3m on a five-and-a-half-year contract. The 23-year-old became Portuguese football’s record signing when he joined Porto in a £15.1m deal from Marseille seven months ago. He has played for France Under-21s, but could also play for Belgium. Imbula, who started his career at Guingamp, played in both of Porto’s Champions League games against Chelsea this season. Potters chairman Peter Coates told BBC Radio 5 live: “If he is as good as we think he is, he’ll keep his value. You’ve got to think of it from a business point of view. We want him to be worth more than we paid for him. “This move has been on and off for a few days. We said we were withdrawing the offer, then they came back.”

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