Manchester United fans in the Transfer Tavern are hopeful the latest piece of gossip our landlord has informed them about is true, which has led to new discussions during their game of pool.
Spanish outlet AS states that Aymeric Laporte could leave Athletic Bilbao this summer for the Premier League and Manchester United have the cash available to pay the defender’s monumental £38m release-clause.
One of the best defensive prospects in European football, Laporte already has experience of Champions League football and has come up against the very best during his years in La Liga.
United may face difficulty in landing his services as Manchester City’s new boss Pep Guardiola is keen to bring the player with him to the Etihad Stadium and the Citizens stand a better chance of being able to offer Champions League football.
With both Manchester sides ready to pay whatever it takes, it will come down to whoever Laporte chooses himself. However, our landlord has reminded fans that Athletic are very difficult to negotiate with.
United fans, is Laporte the perfect defensive addition? Let us know in the comments below!