Barcelona rival Manchester United, Arsenal & Chelsea for signing of French powerhouse

Barca join running in race for in-demand French starlet.

Barcelona want to join Manchester United, Arsenal and Chelsea in the race to sign highly-rated Athletic Bilbao defender Aymeric Laporte this January.

The Catalan giants are keen to strengthen at the back after a poor start to the season, and have looked before at bringing in Laporte, who is regarded as one of the best young centre-backs in Europe.

The 21-year-old was targeted by Manchester United, Arsenal and Chelsea at various points in the summer, but has so far remained in the Spanish top flight.

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According to, that could continue if he makes the move to the Nou Camp this winter, with Barcelona now thought to be stepping up their interest in the France Under-21 international.

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