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Club ‘pushing idea’ of signing Manchester City player – Plan B for January

Manchester City defender Aymeric Laporte is Barcelona’s Plan B for the January transfer window if they cannot sign Inigo Martinez.

That’s according to Sport, who say the Blaugrana club are ‘pushing the idea of Laporte’ as he is a player that Xavi and his coaches ‘like very much’.

They explain that Xavi has already warned the club that the departure of Gerard Piqué, who retired five days ago, may necessitate a change in the club’s plans and the arrival of a new centre-back in January.

The ‘clear priority’ is Athletic defender Martinez, who they had been eyeing on a free transfer next summer when his contract comes to an end.

 

They could now try and push that move forward in January for a low cost deal but if that were to get complicated, they are ‘still interested’ in Laporte as a Plan B.

The club’s coaches like him a lot and he is considered the perfect age to ‘make an investment’. He’s been on the club’s radar for a while but after six years with Manchester City he would now ‘welcome a change of scenery’.

 

He was attracted to a move to the Camp Nou last year but it was impossible to reach an economic agreement with Manchester City, nor was a swap deal possible.

He is a more expensive option than Martinez but is a signing that would be made with ‘more weight’ and thus worth it.

Whether City would sanction a deal remains to be seen but the Spaniard is very much a Plan B if Martinez proves difficult to sign in January.

Barcelona eyeing move for Manchester City star as ‘Plan B’ to reinforce the defence

 

Following the exit of Gerard Pique, Barcelona will take another dive into the market in the hopes of signing a centre-back. While they currently have four natural CBs in the squad, the quartet have struggled with fitness this season, and do not boast of a lot of experience, either.

Of the four, Andreas Christensen is the oldest at 26 years old, while the rest of them are U-24 players.

Inigo Martinez is reportedly Xavi’s preference to reinforce the backline in January, but his transfer largely depends on the transfer fee. Athletic Club are not ready to part ways with the Spaniard easily, even though his contract clocks up in the summer of 2023.

As such, Barcelona are planning a Plan B operation in the form of Aymeric Laporte, according to SPORT. The coaching staff are fans of the player, and believe his age and profile are perfect for the team.

Barça have tried to pair Pique with a left-footed centre-back since the departure of Javier Mascherano. Samuel Umtiti, Thomas Vermaelen, and most recently, Clement Lenglet are players who have taken the mantle, but to no long-term success.

Following the exit of Gerard Pique, Barcelona will take another dive into the market in the hopes of signing a centre-back. While they currently have four natural CBs in the squad, the quartet have struggled with fitness this season, and do not boast of a lot of experience, either.

Of the four, Andreas Christensen is the oldest at 26 years old, while the rest of them are U-24 players.

Inigo Martinez is reportedly Xavi’s preference to reinforce the backline in January, but his transfer largely depends on the transfer fee. Athletic Club are not ready to part ways with the Spaniard easily, even though his contract clocks up in the summer of 2023.

As such, Barcelona are planning a Plan B operation in the form of Aymeric Laporte, according to SPORT. The coaching staff are fans of the player, and believe his age and profile are perfect for the team.

Barça have tried to pair Pique with a left-footed centre-back since the departure of Javier Mascherano. Samuel Umtiti, Thomas Vermaelen, and most recently, Clement Lenglet are players who have taken the mantle, but to no long-term success.

This summer, the club parted ways with both Umtiti and Lenglet, leaving no ‘lefty’ in defence. While Eric Garcia is more than comfortable playing on that side of the defence, Laporte would add much-needed diversity to Barcelona.

This is far from the first time the Catalans have been linked with Laporte. In fact, the rumours first started brewing while he was still at Athletic Club.

The report suggests that after six seasons with Manchester City, the Spaniard is open to a switch. He could have joined Barça as early as last year, but the two clubs failed to see eye-to-eye on the financial side of things.

Laporte is the first-choice centre-back at City, as one would expect, and has a contract that ties him to the club until 2025.

And while Pep Guardiola has admitted in the past that he would not hold back a player who wants to leave, the Manchester outfit will not make Laporte’s exit easy at all.

Source: http://sportwitness.co.uk/; barcauniversal.com

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