Manchester City rekindle Aymeric Laporte interest

Manchester City rekindle Aymeric Laporte interest

Meanwhile, Fred would cost City £40 million (£35.1 million), and the Manchester outfit are keen to sign him in January rather than wait until summer, Lee added.

Manchester City may have lost out to Manchester United for Alexis, but they have reportedly beaten their local rivals to Fred.

The 24-year-old Brazil global has impressed in a deep-lying midfield role for Shakhtar this season and his work rate, comfort in possession and passing acumen make him an ideal candidate to bolster City's superlative squad in the long term.

Pep Guardiola has been looking for a new centre-back.

City are already being linked with a move for Shakhtar's Fred this window and now, according to Gianluca di Marzio they are eyeing up the possibility of signing Athletic Bilbao centre back Aymeric Laporte for €65 million.

The Sun claims Pep Guardiola is pushing the board to spend the £60m necessary to sign the 23-year-old.

Alexis Sanchez was top of Manchester City's transfer targets list in the summer and he remained there until this transfer window until Manchester United chose to swoop in with a bigger offer and Pep Guardiola made a decision to back away.

It now seems likely that Laporte will arrive before the end of the January transfer window.

A classy, elegant defender, Laporte is just one day younger than John Stones, and the two could form a well-balanced pair in the long term, with Laporte a left-footer and Stones a right-footer.

However central defence is his one area of concern, with skipper Vincent Kompany plagued by injuries and Eliaquim Mangala failing to fully justify his £42m price tag.

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