Defender in Manchester, as Pep Guardiola looks to improve another 50M pounds prodigy

Aymeric Laporte: Man City reignite interest

Aymeric Laporte is in Manchester to finalise his move to Manchester City, according to the BBC.

The Athletic Bilbao defender is poised to complete a transfer to England, with the Blues reported to have triggered a £57million release clause in his contract.

The 23-year-old would provide depth at centre-back for City boss Pep Guardiola, whose spending on defenders since last season would reach £190million if Laporte signs.

Guardiola was keen on signing Laporte when he first arrived at the club in 2016 but the player turned down the move to continue his development at Bilbao.

Laporte’s signing is expected to end City’s interest in West Brom’s Jonny Evans, Real Sociedad’s Inigo Martinez and Leicester defender Harry Maguire.