The Man City fans in the Transfer Tavern are feeling rather excited at the moment. Their Premier League campaign is going well, they are set to face Arsenal in the final of the Carabao Cup, and according to ESPN, a major transfer is on the way.
ESPN are reporting that Man City’s pursuit of Aymeric Laporte is nearing its conclusion – with a deal said to be close to coming to fruition. It is seemingly expected that City will pay the Frenchman’s buyout clause – which is said to be €65 million (£57 million) – in a move that would see him become their most expensive transfer of all time.
The Citizens have moved quickly to secure this deal, and it’s one that Pep Guardiola will likely be delighted with. Man City’s offensive quality has been on display all year, but there is no doubting that there has been some concern about their defence.
Despite investing heavily at the back over the summer, the Man City back-line has been far from stellar – with mistakes cropping up from time to time this term. Against Liverpool a couple of weeks ago, in particular, the frailties in the defence were made abundantly clear – with Jurgen Klopp’s men dismantling Pep Guardiola’s team early in the second-half.
Laporte, if he joins, would certainly go a long way in helping solve that problem. He has been one of La Liga’s most consistent defenders during his stint in Spain, offering fantastic passing, tackling and aerial quality. He’s comfortable with the ball at his feet, and that’s pretty much a prerequisite for any player that Pep Guardiola signs. His relative youth, at 23-years-old, is a bonus too.
It’s clearly a popular move in the eyes of Pep Guardiola, and the news has gone down well amongst our resident Citizens too.
This deal is looking increasingly likely to happen. The fact that Man City are seemingly happy to pay his buyout clause removes the middleman in any deal to sign him – with Atletic Bilbao powerless to stop a departure.
Provided that Laporte wants to join the club – and there is no apparent reason why he wouldn’t – then this move is beginning to look like a matter of when, rather than if.
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