Manchester United do not rate Athletic Bilbao defender Aymeric Laporte at €50 million, according to Spanish football expert Guillem Balague.
As reported by Sky Sports, Balague has suggested that the Red Devils do not feel the talented defender is worth his full buy-out clause, however believes that German giants Bayern Munich are interested in his signature.
Laporte, of course, is recognised as one of the leading young central-defenders in Spain's elite division, but it's seemingly unlikely that the Red Devils will make a move for his signature before the close of the transfer window.
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In a question and answer session ahead of Tuesday's transfer deadline, Balague stated: "Laporte is wanted by Bayern Munich. He renewed his contract and now his buy out clause is 50 million euros which Athletic Bilbao will not negotiate.
"I feel Manchester United do not feel he is worth that much money."
United could be alright
Let's be honest, before the start of the summer transfer window, near enough everyone expected the Red Devils to improve in the centre of defence. Ultimately, though, the club's hierarchy still haven't secured the signature of a leading centre-back.
But things have changed in Manchester: the club now appear to have a steady right-back in Matteo Darmian, while Luke Shaw looks set to have a huge season at left-back. At centre-back, Chris Smalling is in the form of his life, while Daley Blind is starting to prove his early critics wrong.
The Red Devils also have Argentine Marcos Rojo to return, while fellow absentee Phil Jones will no doubt have a point to prove. Perhaps, then, United fans should be pleased with their defensive options, as the club go in search of success under the guidance of Louis van Gaal.
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