Arsenal, Barcelona & Man United left 'dazzled' by €36m La Liga star

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Arsenal and Manchester United are ready to wait until the summer to move for Athletic Bilbao's teenage sensation Aymeric Laporte, reports AS.

The 19-year-old centre-back has been in sensational form for the Basque club so far this season, playing in 18 games in La Liga despite his tender years.

Arsene Wenger was thought to be interested in the player in December and Bilbao were so fearful that he might meet his release clause of €27.5m that they upped it to €36m, extending Laporte's contract in the process.

But Arsenal remain intent on signing the young star with David Moyes also keen to add him to the ranks at Old Trafford.

Barcelona are also credited with a strong interest in Laporte despite the fact that Marc Bartra is set to sign a new contract at the Nou Camp.

Because of Bilbao's strict policy of signing people from the Basque region, it is difficult to see the club releasing him for less than his release clause. Money is not important to the club when they are unable to reinvest it in an adequate replacement.

The Catalan giants are aware that Bilbao are unwilling to negotiate with any club unless the release clause is met but, despite raising it to €36m, Bilbao are still concerned that either Arsenal or Manchester United will meet it in June.

Wenger, who showed he is willing to spend big on players with the acquisition of Mesut Ozil, is believed to be "dazzled" by the player with AS claiming he is "infatuated" with the idea of signing Laporte.

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