- Man City linked with completing swoop for Laporte next week
- Athletic Bilbao defender tipped to undergo medical on Tuesday
- Di Marzio reports that the deal will cost City €70m in total
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If there is an area of the Man City squad that arguably needs strengthening, it’s the defence. According to reports, they’re set to sign Aymeric Laporte to solve that problem.
As they sit top of the Premier League table with a 12-point lead over nearest rivals Man Utd, coupled with the fact that they’ve reached the League Cup final and are still in with a shout for the quadruple with the FA Cup and Champions League, it’s difficult to pick too many holes in the current squad.
However, with Vincent Kompany continuing to pick up injury problems and a lack of quality depth behind John Stones and Nicolas Otamendi, coupled with injuries to the likes of Benjamin Mendy, the backline is arguably a concern for Pep Guardiola.
According to Sky Sport Italia journalist Gianluca Di Marzio, it might not be a problem for much longer as City are set to sign Laporte from Athletic Bilbao in a deal worth €70m in total, while the 23-year-old Frenchman will sign a five-year deal at the Etihad.
Di Marzio adds that Laporte will undergo his medical on Tuesday, with City likely to want to wrap it up as soon as possible with the transfer deadline fast approaching on Wednesday night.
To add further fuel to the fire to suggest that Laporte’s time at Bilbao is coming to an end, Spanish football expert Guillem Balague also commented on his future on Friday night as he was left out of his side’s encounter with Eibar, as seen in the image below.
In turn, that raises further doubts about his future in Spain, but City will have to move quickly to get the deal sorted if his medical will indeed take place just a day before deadline day.
Laporte was left out of squad of the Athletic-Eibar game tonight. All agreed with him. Monday #MCFC plans to pay buy out clause and, if enough time, medical. Last I heard it was a 4 years and a half contract pic.twitter.com/o2JhYFQdiI
— Guillem Balague (@GuillemBalague) January 26, 2018