For years, Manchester City struggled defensively but now they could be tempted to sell Aymeric Laporte this summer if the right offer arrives and former defender Steve Howey believes that offer would have to be around the £70 million mark.
Before Ruben Dias arrived at the Etihad, Laporte was seen as the lynchpin in City’s defence, however, his injuries and the revival of John Stones has seen the Frenchman pushed down the pecking order and now competing with Nathan Ake for the third-choice centre back spot, having made just 27 appearances in all competitions last term.
Is Laporte worth £70 million?
With Premier League minutes not guaranteed next season, Laporte has been linked with a move to Barcelona and he would be with familiar faces like Sergio Aguero and Eric Garcia who are now both with the Catalan club.
Laporte is an established Premier League centre back who has not even reached the peak years of his career so City will surely be looking to receive a monster fee for the now Spanish international, according to Howey, who spoke exclusively to Transfer Tavern:
“They will be looking in the region of £65-70 million for him and I think if they can get that for him, then it will be good business.
“I think if they can get more money than they paid for Laporte, then I think it’s good business and they could probably get another couple of centre backs to have in the squad.”
If Laporte was to leave, then it would certainly leave the Premier League champions short in the heart of their defence as they’d be left with just Dias, Stones and Ake who have experience at the top level.
Man City will know that teams around them will be looking to improve their squads this summer so instead of selling their players, they will also want to add depth and quality to their ranks.
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