Rayo, Levante ask for Stoke’s Imbula

Levante lead the race to sign Stoke City midfielder Giannelli Imbula on a season-long loan deal while Rayo Vallecano remain interested, say RMC Sport.

The report says Levante are favourites and see the holding midfielder as the ideal replacement for Jefferson Lerma, who will join Bournemouth in a €30m deal.

The same outlet says newly-promoted Rayo hold an interest in the former FC Porto player as do Serie A club Torino, but neither side are in advanced negotiations.

Imbula played 34 times for Toulouse last season on a season-long loan deal but no Ligue 1 club has come in for a permanent deal for the former France Under-21 international.

The 25-year-old joined the Potters, who are now in the English Championship, in a then club record €24m deal in February 2016.

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