The Manchester City fans in the Transfer Tavern are eagerly anticipating the imminent signing of Aymeric Laporte, but they are hoping that Pep Guardiola has one more trick up his sleeve this month.
City’s hopes of clinching a monumental quadruple this season look set to be boosted by the arrival of Athletic Bilbao centre-back Laporte in the next 36 hours. Guardiola’s options in central defence have been limited by injuries and incompetency this season, as Stones and Kompany have struggled to remain fit whilst Eliaquim Mangala has continued to look unconvincing when called upon.
The arrival of Laporte could be one of the most crucial turning points in the season so far if the Frenchman is able to replicate the fine form he has demonstrated in La Liga in the Premier League.
However, The Citizens faithful are concerned that an injury to Fernandinho could leave City short of options in central midfield, and they are calling for their club to make one final acquisition before the window slams shut.
The player in question is Shakthar Donestsk’s Brazilian midfield general Fred. According to Jack Gaughan (via City Watch), the northern football reporter for the Daily Mail, City are in advanced talks to sign Fred from the Ukrainian giants this month.
— City Watch (@City_Watch) January 29, 2018
The news has sparked plenty of interest from the City supporters on Twitter who have begun calling for their club’s hierarchy to wrap up the deal this month rather than waiting until the summer.
Here’s what the City fans had to say in response to the latest report on Twitter…
— Txiki the Bottler (@ClinicalMansour) January 29, 2018
— Dré (@drebruyne) January 29, 2018
We desperately need cover for ferna
— Dave Evans (@CheadleBlue1) January 29, 2018
— Sendragon (@mzito_kravitz) January 29, 2018
If we get him before FFP 2.0, we’re set for this season and next season.
— Mohamed Aly (@therealmoaly) January 29, 2018
Get him now !
— Mario Wijaya (@Matius_sudjana) January 30, 2018
Yes come on!
— Dave (@Daveymallon) January 29, 2018
Will he really come to city? He is needed to partner Fernandinho.
— Earnest Paul (@earnestpaul74) January 29, 2018
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YES! Fred AND Laporte in the SAME window?!
— MJ (Jason) (@DaMarvellousJ) January 29, 2018