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.
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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