Bayern Munich join race for Arsenal & Barcelona target

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Bayern Munich have joined Arsenal and Barcelona in the race to sign Athletic Bilbao defender Aymeric Laporte this summer.

TalkSPORT reports how the 19-year-old is one of the most sought after centre-backs in Europe at the moment after a series of impressive performances at San Mamés over the past 12 months.

Gunners boss Arsene Wenger has been credited with an interest in bringing the France U21 international to the Emirates Stadium, but is reluctant to meet his £30million valuation.

Barcelona have also been mooted as admirers of Laporte, but Tata Martino might have to wait before he can negotiate a deal to lure the player to Camp Nou due to the recent transfer ban imposed on the Catalan club by FIFA.

News of Barcelona's inability to make new signings will have come as a boost to Arsenal in regards to Laporte, until Pep Guardiola emerged as a late contender to secure his signature.

A move to the Allianz Arena might prove to be a more attractive proposition for the talented teenager, who has made 30 first-team appearances for Ernesto Valverde's team in 2013/14.

Either way, Laporte looks like being at the centre of a transfer tug-of-war when the transfer window reopens in the summer, with Arsenal and Bayern Munich leading the charge to secure his services.

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