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Sleepless nights for Manchester City target Laporte

City close to completing club record transfer Man City hopeful of £57m Laporte deal
Freda Brock | 27 January, 2018, 20:33

Athletic Bilbao centre-back Aymeric Laporte reportedly thinks he'll have a better chance of making France's 2018 FIFA World Cup squad if he completes a January transfer to Manchester City.

With Eliaquim Mangala failing to prove himself to Guardiola, it seems likely that Laporte will find himself in the starting line-up quickly as City look to lay claim to the Premier League title and Carabao Cup.

Guardiola refused to discuss the move at a news conference on Friday but, having initially expressed an intention to play Laporte, Athletic head coach Cuco Ziganda left the France Under-21 global out of his matchday squad for the 1-1 derby draw against Eibar on Friday.

Laporte is said to feel he can earn a starting spot under manager Pep Guardiola and convince France coach Didier Deschamps to hand him a debut in Les Bleus' lineup before jetting to Russian Federation this summer.

Jose Mourinho discusses Manchester United move for Cristiano Ronaldo
Barcelona eventually swooped to scupper those plans, but Real have refused to give up on a long-standing target. He had a great progression last season, he also evolves a lot this season alongside Dani Alves.

"I know you are curious about it".

"Making deals is so hard".

Guardiola is clearly a fan of Laporte's and tried to sign him in the summer, as well as his successful move for John Stones, but had a £38 million move turned down by Bilbao.

When inquired whether the 23-year-old was a player of interest, the Man City gaffer proclaimed: "There were players in the past who we were interested in and we will be in the present and the future".

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