Stoke City’s interest in Porto midfielder Giannelli Imbula could soon end after his club slapped a £38million price-tag on the out-of-favour player, according to reports.
Imbula moved to Portugal from Marseille last summer, but has struggled to retain a first-team place in the side.
According to LeSport10, the Potters have been waiting for Porto to respond to their £19million bid for the 23-year-old, but manager Mark Hughes refused to comment on the reported bid.
And now they have added: “Now Porto have named their price.
“He has failed to win a regular place at Porto, but the midfielder has had strong interest from the Premier League club.
“Stoke were only waiting for Porto to give the go ahead, but they have received a response they did not expect.
“Porto has no intention of negotiating the price of Imbula and simply demands the amount written in his release clause, €50m.
“It is far from what Stoke had envisaged although many bonuses were considered in their proposition.
“Stoke have made it clear they will not be paying that price and barring an incredible turnaround Imbula will remain at Porto this winter.”