The 25-year-old joined the Potters in January 2016, with Stoke paying Porto £18.3m for his services, but he failed to hit the heights at the bet365 Stadium.
The former France Under-21 star’s early promise soon vanished and he was just a peripheral figure last season, making 12 Premier League outings.
The Belgium-born schemer was shipped out on a season-long loan to Toulouse in August last year but it seems as though Stoke are still heavily involved in paying his salary.
Figures released by French publication L’Equipe suggest City are paying him £33,000-a-week, or £132,000 per month, in wages, with Toulouse picking up the rest.
That equates to around £267,000 per month in total wages for a player who seemingly has no future in the Potteries and has made 18 league appearances in the France’s top division this term, with mixed reviews on his displays.
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