Man City set sights on Aymeric Laporte to strengthen backline

Manchester City’s search for a centre-back this month could end with Athletic Bilbao’s Aymeric Laporte.

Our traders have the league leaders as 5/2 to bring him in before the transfer window shuts.

Pep Guardiola is a long-time admirer of the 23-year-old, who has a £60m release clause.

He’s good in the air and reads the game well, but it’s his quality on the ball that really stands out.

Vincent Kompany’s injury problems mean that City lack depth in central defence. Without the Belgian, the unconvincing Eliaquim Mangala is the only experienced alternative to John Stones and Nicolas Otamendi.

The club have also been linked with West Bromwich Albion captain Jonny Evans, but Laporte’s age makes him a long-term option.

Guardiola’s side take a 2-1 lead into the second-leg of their Carabao Cup semi-final second leg against Bristol City on Thursday.

All Odds and Markets correct as of date of publication


Daniel Anwar

Daniel has covered sports for Squawka, FourFourTwo and iSportconnect. He is a naively optimistic Arsenal fan and is also passionate about music, film and chicken wings.