List of possible Manchester City roster replacements for Aymeric Laporte – Arsenal target Ben White identified
The 27-year-old had a relatively disappointing 2020/2021 campaign at Manchester City and under Pep Guardiola, as the resurgence of John Stones and the continued strength of Ruben Dias ruled the former Bilbao man from the starting XI.
Aymeric Laporte’s frustration with the lack of playing time meant he would be open to a move away from the Etihad stadium this summer, and if the right money was offered, Manchester City would be open for a sale.
In recent weeks, there have been strong and growing ties with Spain, with players like Barcelona and Real Madrid known to be staunch admirers – however, the finances at stake could be a hindrance to securing any success. moving.
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The latest information from Duncan Castles, speaking on the ‘Transfer window‘Podcastis that Manchester City have already drawn up a list of possible replacements for Aymeric Laporte, if a transfer were to be finalized in the coming weeks.
It is reported that Manchester City has “three or four candidates“on their list of possible Aymeric Laporte replacements this summer, and the Premier League champions are”actively work there“.
However – and this should come as no surprise to anyone – Manchester City are expected to get Aymeric Laporte out of the club first, in order to create space on his payroll and generate income to be spent on replacement costs, according to at Castles.
In terms of candidates on this list, Duncan Castles draws attention to three names – two of which have been fairly broadly linked to moves to Etihad Stadium in recent months.
Seville’s Jules Kounde is a possible option, and the French defender is reportedly available, according to Duncan’s Castles, if the money was right. However, it is felt that Manchester City should ‘go to a high price‘in order to sign the player.
Last summer, Koundé appeared to be Manchester City’s second central defensive target after Kalidou Koulibaly and the club launched an offer involving Nicolas Otamendi – which was later turned down. Ultimately, this led to Ruben Dias, who turned out to be a revolutionary at the heart of Etihad’s last four.
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Another name is Pau Torres de Villarreal, which is suggested being in a scenario similar to the aforementioned Jules Kounde and perhaps more importantly for Manchester City is a southpaw – meaning he could be an identical replacement for Aymeric Laporte.
The last nominated candidate, according to Duncan’s Castles, is England’s Brighton international center-back Ben White, who is also a prime target for Mikel Arteta’s Arsenal, with the London club having previously seen offers rejected for the player.
While Ben White possesses many characteristics that a Manchester City center-back is likely to demand, Castles reports that at this stage, there was only “some preliminary conversations“between Pep Guardiola’s team and the player.
The latest information on White however, is that Arsenal are ‘get closer to an agreement‘, Brighton wanting a £ 50million guarantee.
This is according to Athletic’s David Ornstein, who writes that ‘face to face interviews“have taken place and negotiations are continuing between relevant parties on add-ons and payment structures among various other factors.
The situation for Manchester City and transfer priorities this summer remain the same at present.
The club are actively pursuing Harry Kane and Jack Grealish, with the Tottenham striker being the more urgent profile of the two following the departure of Sergio Aguero.
It is also understood that if the right opportunity presented itself the left-back would be considered, but the difficulties surrounding Benjamin Mendy’s unloading persist and therefore it could be a post suspended until the summer of 2022.
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