Aymeric Laporte still retains chances of remaining at Manchester City beyond the ongoing summer transfer window, a new report has detailed.
The future of the 29-year-old has been questioned over the last six months or so, after Laporte fell out of favour in Pep Guardiola’s plans and as such falling down the pecking order of central defenders at City.
Manuel Akanji’s arrival last summer, as well as the improvements in Nathan Ake’s game at left-back, meant Laporte was made to watch the majority of contests from the substitutes bench and as such assess his options upon the arrival of the summer transfer window.
However, concrete interest and financial proposals to Manchester City have surprisingly been few and far between for Aymeric Laporte, despite the player’s exceptional abilities in both defensive and offensive aspects of the game.
Now, in a fresh update, it is stated that the Laporte’s chances of remaining a part of Pep Guardiola’s squad into the new season should not be ruled out entirely, despite widespread interest from clubs in three different countries.
According to the information of Fabrizio Romano, Aymeric Laporte is currently commanding interest from clubs in England, Spain and Saudi Arabia, however there is nothing advanced yet between the player and either of the interested parties.
The transfer expert goes on to suggest that there remains the possibility that Aymeric Laporte remains at the Etihad Stadium this summer, as the player is set to ‘take his time’ over making a final decision and is not desperate to leave Pep Guardiola’s project.
It is made clear in the latest update that the Spain international central defender will only opt to leave Manchester City this summer if the right opportunity were to be presented to both himself and his representatives.
Laporte stands alongside Joao Cancelo in the shortened list of Manchester City first-team players that could be making their way through the exit door this summer, as the Portugal international moves closer towards a move to FC Barcelona.
Cancelo, who spent the second-half of last season on loan at Bayern Munich, is keen on a permanent exit from the Etihad Stadium, but may have to settle for another temporary agreement due to the financial problems being wrestled at the Catalan giants.
Kyle Walker and Bernardo Silva – both of whom have had high-profile sagas surrounding their futures this summer – are increasingly likely to stay at Manchester City, with the club eyeing contract renewals for the pair who remain crucial to Pep Guardiola’s plans.
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