Manchester City

Forget Laporte: Man City should hijack Arsenal’s bid for £7.2m-rated centre-back

The Manchester City fans are still dreaming of a quadruple-winning season after they successfully navigated their way into the Carabao Cup this week with a 5-3 aggregate victory over Bristol City.

The Citizens have been in the shadow of their local-rivals Manchester United for decades, but that would certainly cease to be the case if they were able to eclipse United’s treble-winning season in 1999 by winning all four available trophies this season. Of course, there is still an awful long way to go for Guardiola’s side, especially considering the unpredictability of injuries and suspensions and the influence they could have on their success this season.

Guardiola has already been forced to realise that he can no longer rely on his captain Vincent Kompany to remain fit for the duration of the season, so the purchase of a centre-back this month will undoubtedly be essential to City’s quadruple ambitions.

And according to Sky Sports, City are making strides towards strengthening the depth of their defensive options, as Guillem Balague believes that a £60 million deal for Athletic Bilbao’s Aymeric Laporte is set to be completed in the coming days.

Laporte’s club are currently languishing in the second half of the table, although the Bilbao vs Eibar betting odds do have the home team as favourites to win at 41/50 on.

Although there is no doubting that Laporte could become a brilliant player for City, the £60 million price tag is rather extortionate.

With that being said, City should abandon their pursuit of Laporte and instead make a move for FSV Mainz’s Abdou Diallo, who is currently a target for Arsenal according to The Daily Mirror.

Diallo has earned plenty of plaudits for his performances in the Bundesliga since his move from Monaco last summer, and he has quickly become a key player for Mainz in their battle for survival. The 21-year-old is also currently the captain of the French U21 side – a fact which suggests he has the mentality and ability to thrive at Manchester City.

Considering he is only valued at £7.2 million by transfermarkt, the French defender represents a financially appealing alternative to Laporte, and on the basis of his successful career so far, his value is only likely to increase unless City bring him to The Etihad this month.

Thoughts? 

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