Manchester City want to sign Aymeric Laporte this month, contacts initiated – report

Manchester City again have a genuine interest in Aymeric Laporte despite denials from his camp yesterday, Sam Lee of Goal reports.

The relatively unknown Spanish journalist Uri Mora broke news on El Chiringuito TV late on Sunday that City planned to trigger the 23-year-old’s release clause, and it was easy to be sceptical, with there having been virtually no links to the player for a long time, not to mention Laporte’s infamous U-turn in 2016 when he changed his mind about an Etihad switch at the last minute.

But in a report for Goal, Lee states that City sporting director Txiki Begiristain has contacted Laporte’s agent about a deal, and the French-born Basque defender has shown sufficient desire to encourage City of a transfer.

No agreement has been found yet and Laporte must again make a decision, this time on whether to leave his boyhood club in the midst of a season, but should he decide to, City will pay his €65million (£54.7million) release clause.

A classy, elegant defender, Laporte is just one day older than John Stones, and the two could form a well-balanced pair in the long term, with Laporte a left-footer and Stones a right-footer.

City hope to add both Laporte and Shakhtar midfielder Fred to their already impressive squad, with a deal for the Brazilian advancing and close to being finalised.

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