Stoke City manager Mark Hughes has admitted that he is open to selling club-record signing Giannelli Imbula this summer.

The French midfielder moved to the Potteries from Porto in January 2016 for a fee of £18.3 million and was expected to be a driving force in the Premier League side’s engine room.

However, Imbula has struggled to adapt to life in English football and has only started nine league games this season for Hughes’ side.

With the former Marseille battler struggling to be selected and not living up to his potential for the Potters, the club’s manager has stated that a summer deal is possible.

“It’s fair to see with G that it hasn’t quite worked out how anyone would want and it’s fair to say if there was interest in G from other parties then maybe we would consider that,” Hughes told Sky Sports.

“Obviously it would have to be suitable to ourselves and the player as well. We haven’t had any interest in fairness as far as I’m aware. We would look at things but it would have to be something that was correct for ourselves.

“The Premier League is a difficult league and some players will struggle and it has been a frustration for him and ourselves that he hasn’t progressed how we had hoped.”

Imbula has not been playing due to the presence of Joe Allen, who has established himself as a key man in the Potters midfield.

Stoke sit in 13th in the standings but will hope that positive results in their remaining games against Arsenal and Southampton would be enough to secure a top-half Premier League finish.


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