Wanting to offload Giannelli Imbula if possible this summer, Stoke are yet to find a taker for the former Marseille star, but that could change if Gazzetta dello Sport on Monday are to be believed.

Reportedly close to a move to Monaco a week or so ago, the defensive midfielder could end up in Serie A come the end of the window, with Torino potentially willing to reopen talks.

Back towards the end of July, the Serie A side were said to have offered €12m for the 24-year-old, but that wasn’t enough, and it still wouldn’t be.

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The Italian newspaper state that Mark Hughes and co. are asking for around €16m, which could be seen as a very generous price, considering they spent over £20m on him a year and a half ago.

Of course, his performances haven’t exactly justified his price tag, and a drop in value was probably to be expected, but with four years left on his bet365 Stadium deal, they could have asked for their money back.

With a few days left in the transfer window, there is still time for someone to take Imbula off Stoke’s wage bill, and under £15m for a defensive midfielder who has shown some promise in the past isn’t all that bad on the current market.

The Potters just need a club desperate enough to take a gamble.