Manchester City defender Aymeric Laporte wants to join Barcelona, according to reports. The defender helped Pep Guardiola’s side win the Premier League title last season, while also winning the Carabao Cup trophy. But a lane separation could now be considered, with the Spain international eager to make the jump.
Barcelona have already signed two Manchester City players this summer via free transfers.
Sergio Aguero was the first to arrive, as the Argentina international left the Etihad Stadium after a brilliant 10-year stay.
And Eric Garcia was second, with City’s center-back landing to team up with Gerard Pique and Clement Lenglet at the back.
However, now sport say that Laporte is eager to follow his example.
The defender has been a vital asset to City since joining Athletic Bilbao in January 2018, winning three league titles since.
He made the PFA Team of the Year in 2019, but an injury sorely prevented him from becoming a regular at the full-back under Guardiola, despite his obvious talents.
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The report says Laporte now wants to move to Spain with Barcelona, believing that the La Liga Titans’ lack of center-back options has opened the door to a potential arrival.
With Pique entering the twilight years of his career, Ronald Koeman’s squad needs to be strengthened in this department.
And Laporte would put pressure on the city hierarchy to let him leave the Etihad stadium for Camp Nou.
The Spain international knows Barcelona’s finances are strained, with the Catalan club hit hard by the coronavirus crisis.
But Laporte is hopeful he will be allowed to return to La Liga through a swap deal, believing this represents the best chance for a deal to happen.
Barcelona and City are said to have a good relationship.
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And while Laporte knows it will be difficult to get what he wants, he’s ready to do “whatever it takes” to make the transfer happen.
If the center-back moved to Barcelona, he would undoubtedly be a major asset for the club.
And he would become the club’s third signing of the transfer window after Aguero and Garcia, which have already been revealed.
Aguero called Barcelona “the best club in the world” after accepting Koeman’s side, admitting he felt he had made the right decision to leave City behind.
He said: “We all know Barca are the best club in the world, so I think I made the right decision to be here and I hope to help the team.
“Of course it’s a step forward in my career. I’m really happy and I hope I can help the team win things.
“First of all, I wanted to play and help this team and if the team does it well, I will be happy individually. I’m just trying to help the team, and I’m trying to get to the end of the season with chances of winning the titles.
“I want to send a big hug to all the fans. I will try to do my best and hope the fans appreciate my football skills.
“I changed. When I arrived in Europe at Atletico Madrid I was 18, I learned a lot. Then I played for City in the Premier League. Now I changed my way of play, but I have an idea where I can play and I will try to help my teammates with my experience. “
Garcia, meanwhile, thanked City fans for their support during the jump from the ship.
“Hello everyone, my time as Cityzen has come to an end,” he said.
“After four incredible years in which I had the opportunity to develop myself both as a player and as a person, it’s time to move on.
“First of all, I want to thank those in the academy who trusted me. Thank you to all the managers and their staff for helping me improve and preparing me for the next step of my career .
“I would also like to express my sincere gratitude to everyone behind the scenes: the kitchen staff, foster parents, backroom staff, education team, drivers, receptionists, etc. always grateful to all of you.
“It is thanks to all of the above that I had the opportunity to join the first team. There were many good times, as well as others not so good, but such a rich experience served to my “learning” of football.
“Finally, I would like to say a big ‘thank you’ to all the fans who have encouraged and supported me throughout the years here. Although I have decided to return home, I will always remain a fan of this great club. “