Ed Woodward set to watch Aymeric Laporte

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Manchester United chief executive Ed Woodward will watch defender Aymeric Laporte at the Nou Camp this evening as Athletic Bilbao take on Barcelona in the second leg of the Spanish Super Cup.

This has been claimed by the Daily Mail, who report that Woodward is in Catalunya to complete the signing of Barcelona's Spanish international Pedro, who has been linked with a move to Old Trafford for some time. 

It appears, though, that the Manchester United chief executive will also cast an eye over Laporte, who is recognised as one of the leading young defenders in world football.


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The Frenchman, despite only being 20-years of age, has gone from strength-to-strength in Spain in recent time, so it's not entirely surprising that the Red Devils hierarchy are interested in bringing him to Manchester. 

The same report goes on to claim, however, that the club don't have the signing of a defender at the top of their priority list despite missing out on the signature of Real Madrid ace Sergio Ramos.

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It remains to be seen as to whether Woodward and Co. press ahead with a move for Laporte, who has a buyout clause of £36.5 million in his current contract.

Risky business

One thing's for sure, if the Red Devils really do splash the cash on the Frenchman, then it would no doubt prove a huge risk for the club. 

As mentioned, the defender is certainly proving his credentials in La Liga, but he wouldn't come cheap for United, who appear to be in need of strengthening. 

Perhaps, though, the club would be better off targeting an experienced centre-half, but they may well be running out of options. It will certainly be interesting to see if United step up their interest in Laporte over the coming weeks.

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