The talented defensive midfielder had a stunning season with Marseille, prompting comparisons with French legend Claude Makelele and drawing admiring glances from a number of top European clubs.
As per The Sun, Tottenham Hotspur have been credited with holding a strong interest and Mauricio Pochettino is said to be that keen, the paper claim, that he is willing to offer players in addition to cash for his signature.
However, while the 22-year-old may see Spurs as an attractive proposition, his father insists that Imbula already has his heart set on a move elsewhere.
“It’s a great place to play football [The Mestalla stadium]. My son would like very much to play here, he wants to play for Valencia,” Superdeporte quoted his father and agent Willy Ndangi as saying.
The 21-year-old is predominantly a tough-tackling defensive midfielder, the same position and role as reported Spurs and Valencia target Imbula.
The Brazilian U23 international is expected to join up with his teammates when the transfer window opens on July 1, and his inclusion could see his La Liga employers now focus on other areas of the team.
Spurs are in need of bolstering their midfield options this summer, as injuries or suspensions to regular duo Ryan Mason and Nabil Bentaleb leave them extremely light on quality in the engine room.