Manchester United To Steal £25m Defender From Under Arsenal’s Nose

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La Liga defender also being chased by Chelsea.

Manchester United are close to signing £25m rated Athletic Bilbao defender Aymeric Laporte who was also thought to be on the radar of Arsenal and Chelsea.

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The Daily Star claim there’s belief in Spain a deal for the 20 year old is almost “80 per cent don’t” and United are close to signing one of the most highly regarded defensive stars in European football.

United have an advantage as Laporte is believed to be a boyhood United fan, and Louis van Gaal see’s him as the future of the Red Devils defence and why he is willing to spend such a hefty figure on the Frenchman.

Laporte had been targeted by both Jose Mourinho and Arsene Wenger after becoming a key part of the Athletic defence and tipped to win a call-up to the French national side by Didier Deschamps in the near future.

Van Gaal attempted to strengthen his defence in the summer transfer window but was unable to find a suitable and available target, however the Dutchman now appears to have found his man.

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