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Manchester City looking to break the bank on Aymeric Laporte this summer?

The hunt for a defender continues...

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According to the Mirror’s Simon Mullock, Manchester City will bid on Athletic Bilbao defender Aymeric Laporte this summer after a failed attempt in the last transfer window.

Although his newly signed contract contains a £55 million release clause, Pep Guardiola reportedly believes that the central defender justifies his price tag in excess of Southampton’s Virgil Van Dijk, who is being valued at £50 million.

This further proves that a loan move for Holger Badstuber would be a wise decision. The Bayern Munich man would provide short term defensive coverage until the summer window comes around and Laporte puts pen to paper (hopefully).

However, Bayern will refuse to allow the loan move until their 27-year-old defender signs a new contract with the club. They see the short-term move as an opportunity to get Badstuber playing football again after years of terrible luck with injuries, and reuniting him with Guardiola seems like a smart idea.

Signing Laporte in the summer would add him to the endless list of defenders signed by City on astronomical fees, but the left-footed Frenchman is one of the best prospects in football and would fit perfectly in Guardiola’s tactical system.