Aymeric Laporte, City’s then-record signing is all set to make a sensational return back to La Liga as the Spain international has struggled for minutes on the pitch this season. Manchester City are said to be open to the defender leaving the club this summer.
Spanish outlet Mundo Deportivo understands that Barcelona are among the clubs interested in signing Laporte.
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While there is no clear indication of the price tag slapped by the Premier League champions on the 27-year-old, Laporte had already hinted at a move this summer owing to a lack of minutes.
The revival of John Stones has meant that the 27-year-old has been pushed down the pecking order and the former Athletic Bilbao defender could be on his way out.
The financial crisis that Barca are in at the moment makes it incredibly tough for them to buy a player of Laporte’s quality and it will be interesting to see how things pan out. Having said that, one can never count Barcelona out as the cules are tipped to sell a number of high-profile players this summer.
Laporte is said to be one of the many players at the Etihad stadium who are disappointed by their respective roles at the club. Gabriel Jesus is also said to be among the list of discontent players as the Brazilian has been hardly used in the big games.
Barcelona have already completed the signings of Sergio Aguero and Eric Garcia. Both Aguero and Garcia joined the former La Liga giants as free agents but the deal for Laporte is not going to be straightforward as City are likely to play hard-ball in the sale of 27-year-old in a bid to raise funds for the rumored Harry Kane transfer.
Kane is expected to cost around £150 million for the Sky Blues and it is clear that the English outfit will need to sell before they make a move for the Tottenham striker.