Manchester City have been told they will have to trigger Aymeric Laporte's buyout clause if they want the French defender to join Pep Guardiola next season.
Athletic Bilbao have warned off interest from Manchester City by stating that they will have to pay £39.6 million for the defender this summer, according to the Manchester Evening News.
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However, Bilbao president Josu Urrutia, has said Laporte is not desperate to move away from the San Mamés Stadium.
He has recently tweeted to say no deal has been finalised with Manchester City despite previous reports.
It seems like Laporte is on the top of Guardiola’s list of summer recruits as he looks to rebuild a squad which can compete in all competitions next season.
City were really let down by their centre backs last season with Eliaquim Mangala and Nicolas Otamendi unable to fill the boots of captain Vincent Kompany, who was injured for most of the season.
Laporte is seen as one of the best young defenders in Europe, but it is unlikely that the Frenchmen will be ready for the start of the season, after suffering from a broken leg and dislocated ankle in March.
Guardiola is not scared to make a move for players who are currently injured. Ilkay Gundogan is still one of City’s top targets even though he has been ruled out of Germany’s Euro squad after dislocating his knee whilst training for Borussia Dortmund.
Manchester City will definitely be busy this summer, it’s just a case of how many of the world’s best they will purchase.
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