Defender has shone at the back at the San Mames this season.
La L.iga champions FC Barcelona are set to beat Arsenal to the coveted signature of Athletic Bilbao centre-back Aymeric Laporte this summer, according to reports on talkSPORT.co.uk.
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The highly rated France Under-21 international is currently one of the most sought-after young central defenders playing on the Continent, with a whole host of big-name clubs understood to have been keeping close tabs on Laporte of late, including both the north London club as well as the European and Bundesliga champions Bayern Munich.
However, it now appears as though both those two clubs will have to shift their defensive focus to other targets when the summer transfer window reopens for business following the news that the Catalan giants have now also entered the race for Laporte’s signataure too.
The Frenchman, 19, is contracted to the Basque outfit until June 2018, however, with Barca’s recent Fifa-imposed transfer ban having just been temporarily lifted on appeal, the club are now set to make a move for the defender as they look to find a long-term replacement at the back at Camp Nou for their departing veteran skipper Carles Puyol.
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