Giannelli Imbula (born Gilbert Imbula on 12 September 1992) is a French footballer who plays as a midfielder for Olympique de Marseille. He also holds the citizenship of the Democratic Republic of the Congo.
He made his professional debut in Ligue 2 on 16 October 2009 for Guimgamp in a game against Dijon FCO, becoming the youngest player in Ligue 2 history at 17 years, 1 month and 4 days of age.
In May 2013, he was voted best player of Ligue 2, and he joined Olympique de Marseille from En Avant de Guingamp on the 19 July.
2014/2015 - Ligue 1 37 matches 2 goals 3 assist
LIVE - Imbula-Inter, negotiation being hot: the parties are discussing:
Gds: Imbula also fits the port...
Despite conflicting reports of the last few hours (on an insertion port and a pause for reflection by the player), in Italy there is little doubt face Imbula: Team Sky market believes, between him and Inter are missing only signatures. With the OM is all done, the two companies have agreed on everything: you are filing the latest details and the last money. The signature slide for now, but by the signals sent to Sky Sports this should not still worry. Inter are confident that Imbula take paper and pen and sign all soon. Porto have tried in the last hours, a move that does not worry absolutely Inter. The signing of Imbula should arrive earlier in the week.
Sky - Imbula, Inter discuss on the formula of the transfer.
How to refer to Sky Sport 24, for Imbula it is almost done. Inter and Marseille will have to agree on the formula for the transfer of the player: Inter would loan of 18 months with repurchase obligations and payment from 2017 (20 m, 1 + 19 probably). The French club is considering this possibility. Inter still confident because the player wants to play in Italy.
CdS - Inter-Imbula, we are to detail. A short visits
We are at the final details. Inter and Marseille are exchanging contracts for the transfer of Giannelli Imbula in Milan. Calls yesterday helped define the formula of the operation (two-year loan with an obligation to purchase in 2017) and now the two companies have come to the drafting of the agreements, a prelude to the trip to Italy (for a medical next week) the footballer, currently training with Olympique. The sale of Payet to West Ham has allowed the French to accept the solution of purchase 'deferred' Fassone Aid and now only need to make ends meet.
Inter aims to pay 1 million loan for the first two seasons and then 19 million of the outright (subject to conditions virtually certain) in three installments. Marseille asks something more immediately, but at this point there will be no surprises because the player already has the agreement with Inter for five years to 1.6 million per season plus bonuses. In retirement he is working without forcing to reduce the risks to zero and will not play the next friendly. Imbula also will sell the image rights to the club's Thohir.
Inter-Imbula, reached agreement with the 'OM: loan for consideration by 1 million, redemption obligated to 19. Signatures tonight
Inter-Imbula, found agreement. This was reported by Sky Sport 24, that the close contacts between the parties finally led to an agreement, now in the air since yesterday. The two sides have agreed to a loan sale to 1 million euro more 'other 19 million redemption obligations for a total value of 20 million. Possible that the signatures on the contracts already arrive in the evening.
Total agreement between Marseille and Inter for Imbula: Gianelli in Milan at the weekend
According to the Corriere dello Sport, missing only the official, and then Gianelli Imbula will be an Inter player. The deal is so advanced that the parties no longer need to meet and it is only to define the terms of payment and exchange the latest version of the documents as happened yesterday. The French club, through his Twitter profile, announced upcoming official communications, which in the words of President Labrune to "L'Equipe" would presumably relate Imbula: "And 'we want to sell him, everyone knows that."
The figures of the operation are already known, or annual loan for a million euro and repurchase obligations set at 18. The player, however, he has agreed to a five-year to 1.6 million per season plus bonuses: yesterday was He trained for the first day with the rest of Marseille in Figueras in Spain, but could arrive in Milan as early as the weekend to support the medical examination, and then start the new adventure with his teammates Friday. Moreover, the arrival of the French midfielder is happy even Nike, which has just added to his stable.
23:59 - Imbula Inter could be a matter of hours. As explained by Alfredo Pedullŗ Sportitalia, if tomorrow will come to an agreement on how to pay with 'OM the lead time for the arrival in Milan will then brief. May soon also to program a medical.
23:10 - Confirmation by Gianluca Di Marzio: "Inter and Marseille are the details. The French have asked a million more, the deal is closed for a total of between 20 million loan and redemption. To see if it's 19 or 18 plus one, 5 plus 1.5 ", said the journalist during 'Football - The Original' on Sky Sports.
22:25 - According to the updates coming from the site of the French newspaper Le 10 Sport, Inter Milan and Olympique Marseille had been agreed in the evening for a loan move with compulsory redemption set at 20 million Euros. Possible that the signature arrivals over the weekend if not tomorrow.
18:29 - The arrival of Imbula exclude that of Felipe Melo. And 'what we had anticipated some time ago and now is also confirmed by the update provided by Gianluca Di Marzio: "Sirens Italy? Yes, but Felipe Melo could be too late. The midfielder's agent Brazilian arrived in Milan in recent hours, waiting for a call from Inter: but at the moment seems to have cooled the operation. A situation that could alienate the return of Felipe Melo in Italy, given the offers he received from Sevilla and Spartak Moscow. There is also a rule of permanence to Galatasaray. As long as you do not get the right call by Inter. "
18. 27 - FcIN - According to the findings of the editorial department, Inter would have proposed a four-year to two million net per year for Giannelli Imbula.
17.53 - "We want to sell Imbula, everybody knows that." These are the words of the president of Olympique Marseille on the midfielder of Congolese origin issued to L'Equipe.
16:40: In the morning, French paper RMC reported that Inter and Marseille had reached an agreement for Imbula. The Nerazzurri will take the player on loan and redeem him for 19 million euros. The fee that Inter must pay now is undisclosed. The only thing missing is the final ‘yes’ from the player. Imbula is likely to accept his new destination. As stated earlier, this news was released earlier this morning (CET).
16:14: According to FcInternews.it, Inter’s deal for Imbula will make the Nerazzuri drop their interest for Felipe Melo. The Brazilian was the alternative to the Belgian, but now Imbula is set to join Inter
14:58 - Gianluca Di Marzio update on the negotiations in Marseille: "The companies are working in these minutes to close the deal and the deal is now to detail."
14:01 - For Alfredo Pedullŗ there are more doubts: "New (and probably final) green light for Imbula. Now there are no more doubts, it is expected Imbula very soon in Milan. It should happen something sensational to revisit a decision made ".
"Inter boom, also Imbula. Blitz in Marseille to close the deal. And 'the third hit in June after Miranda and Kondogbia. And the Nerazzurri expect the summit to Salah". This is the title of La Gazzetta dello Sport on newsstands today: the Nerazzurri will not stop and went back to France to treat the French midfielder. Apparently mission accomplished, he should soon arrive at the court of Mancini.
Gianluca Di Marzio: Inter, OM new proposal for Imbula: details
Midfield reinforced by yet despite the arrival of Kondogbia. Inter insists Gianneli Imbula Olympique Marseille and presented a new economic proposal: one million euro loan with redemption obligation set at 18 euro, important proposal to try to burn the competition of Milan and Naples. Hours of waiting, Inter are serious for Imbula. Trying to bring the player in Italy.
Agent: ‘Inter a dream for Imbula’
Giannelli Imbula’s agent has again distanced himself from negative comments about Inter, saying the Nerazzurri would be ‘a dream’.
It’s believed the Beneamata have made an €18m bid for the Marseille midfielder, though there were reports the youngster was put off by ‘chronic instability’ at San Siro.
His agent and father yesterday distanced himself from those rumours, and today elaborated on his comments.
“I didn’t mean what I said in a negative way,” Willy Ndangi told Calciomercato.
“It was in answer to a question from a journalist, who spoke as if my son would come in as a saviour. He’s a young player, and couldn’t be the only Inter signing, but with great players they can become stronger.
“He expects to be among players with experience, as happened when [Paul] Pogba went to Juve, with [Andrea] Pirlo, [Gigi] Buffon and [Patrice] Evra this year too.
“We like Serie A, I called my son Giannelli because of Italian football. Inter are a great club, it would be a dream for him, but first the two clubs would have to find an agreement for a transfer.
“The player’s position comes afterward.”