There have been some raised voices amongst our resident Manchester City fans as they have gathered round an article from The Daily Telegraph which claims that City are looking to recruit two of Europe’s top young centre backs.
The Blues have spent millions on central defenders and reportedly have the most expensive centre back pairing in world football in Nicolas Otamendi and Eliaquim Mangala.
However, with Mangala failing to justify his £32 million price tag and Martin Demichelis’ contract due to expire this summer, The Telegraph state that the pair could be offloaded in order to make room for Aymeric Laporte and John Stones.
The 21-year old Laporte is currently playing for Athletic Bilbao and has attracted the interests of fellow Spanish side Barcelona, amongst other top clubs. The Frenchman has a £37 million release clause in his current contract and City may look to make use of it in order to strengthen their squad for the imminent arrival of Pep Guardiola.
Meanwhile, John Stones caught the eye of City’s rivals Chelsea last summer and the England international nearly made a move to Stamford Bridge after handing in a transfer request, although the move ultimately failed.
Valued at around £40 million, Stones is also capable of filling in at right-back, another area of need for Manuel Pellegrini’s side.
Our landlord believes that, while the pair might signify another two expensive defensive purchases, they would be perfectly suited to Guardiola’s style.
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