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From Spain: Pep Guardiola has asked Manchester City to sign Aymeric Laporte

More and more sources are beginning to back up news that originally surfaced on Sunday night that Manchester City want to sign Aymeric Laporte, the Athletic Bilbao centre-back who famously changed his mind on a move to the Etihad in 2016.

This morning, Sam Lee of Goal supported the claims of Spanish journalist Uri Mora who had told El Chiringuito TV that the 23-year-old had become a January priority for City.

Several others have followed, but there is now further evidence from Spain that this could be a deal in the making.

The Bilbao reporter for Mundo Deportivo, Iñaki Ugalde, has learned via his own sources that Pep Guardiola does want to sign Laporte in the next week.

Guardiola is dissatisfied by Vincent Kompany, the club captain who is perennially injured, and Eliaquim Mangala, who has failed to convince Pep despite getting a decent amount of game time this season.

Subsequently, Guardiola has relayed his interest in signing Laporte to sporting director Txiki Begiristain, who is now on the case.

Bilbao already ‘have proof’ of this information, but the player is said to have not agreed to anything yet – which could be the only obstacle, since the transaction would be straightforward, with City able and willing to pay his full €65million (£54.7million) release clause.

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