Manchester United join race for £30m-rated Athletic Bilbao star

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Manchester United have joined Barcelona, Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur in the race to sign highly-rated Athletic Bilbao defender Aymeric Laporte, reports the Star on Sunday.

The 19-year-old is versatile in that he is capable of playing at centre-back and on the left side of defence, and has attracted a number of admiring glances following a series of impressive performances in La Liga in 2013/14.

Red Devils boss David Moyes - who is known to be on the lookout for a replacement for long serving left-back Patrice Evra this summer - has identified the France U21 international for a potential move to Old Trafford.

However, Manchester United will face stiff competition for Laporte's signature, with Arsene Wenger, Tata Martino and Tim Sherwood all believed to be monitoring the player's development at San Mames.

Wenger is renowned for his ability to nurture and develop promising young talent at Arsenal, so a switch to the Emirates Stadium might just appeal to the talented teenager.

Barcelona's record for bringing through players at Camp Nou speaks for itself, and that is likely to be another attractive proposition for the Athletic Bilbao starlet, particularly if he would prefer to remain in Spain.

Meanwhile, Tottenham would dangle the carrot of immediately regular first-team football, with the White Hart Lane squad arguably the weakest of all four of Laporte's current suitors.

His current contract with Athletic Bilbao runs until 2018, and possesses a £30million buy-out clause, which is a valuation that Manchester United, Barcelona, Arsenal or Tottenham might have to meet, if Ernesto Valverde remains unwilling to sell.

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