He is one of Europe’s most highly-rated younger defenders and Aymeric Laporte looks almost certain to follow İlkay Gündoğan through the doors of the Etihad as part of Pep Guardiola’s squad overhaul.
Bilbao newspaper El Correo is reporting that as soon as Laporte is fit to play again, he will be signed by Manchester City. The Basque source states that in 15 to 20 days he could receive final clearance to play football again, after being sidelined since late March.
El Correo claim City will make a €110 million (£83.7 million) investment in a player that Pep Guardiola believes can lead City’s back-line for the next decade or so. The fee will be around €50 million (£38 million), with City having no choice but to trigger his release clause, and he will earn €55 million (£41.9 million) gross over the span of a 5-year contract, working out at roughly £160,000 per week before tax.
22-year-old Laporte has long been admired by Barcelona, but Mundo Deportivo report that the Spanish champions have accepted in recent weeks that the French-Basque defender will join Guardiola in Manchester.