Manchester City’s Pep Guardiola looking at Aymeric Laporte and Fred

first_imgShare on WhatsApp Manchester City Share on LinkedIn Read more Topics Reuse this content Transfer window Alexis Sánchez takes aim at Arsenal critics after swap with Mkhitaryan newscenter_img Share on Twitter Guardiola is keen to provide cover for his defence as doubts over Vincent Kompany’s fitness persist, with West Brom’s Jonny Evans and Iñigo Martínez of Real Sociedad also under consideration. But it is understood City would prefer to sign Laporte, who has yet to win a full cap for France but has made almost 200 appearances for Bilbao since making his debut in 2012.He is predominantly left footed – a trait that Guardiola is believed to have prioritised – and has been earmarked as a long-term partner in central defence for John Stones while also being able to fill in at left-back.City have also opened negotiations with Shakhtar over a move for Fred, with the Ukrainian champions indicating they would be willing to sell the 24-year-old for €40m (£35m). Predominantly a defensive midfielder who can also play at left-back, Fred signed a five-year contract this month but is believed to be open to a move to the Premier League either this month or at the end of the season.City retain an interest in Nice’s Jean Michaël Seri, who has also been identified as a target for United, and Borussia Dortmund’s Julian Weigl although it now appears more likely that Fred could be the long-term replacement for Fernandinho as more meetings with his agent, Kia Joorabchian, are planned for this week. Share on Pinterest Share on Facebook Manchester City are weighing up approaches for Aymeric Laporte of Athletic Bilbao and Shakhtar Donetsk midfielder Fred as Pep Guardiola seeks to strengthen his squad before the end of the January transfer window.Having seen primary target Alexis Sánchez join Manchester United on Monday, Guardiola is determined to bring in new faces before the end of the month and has opted to make a renewed attempt to secure Laporte after the French defender decided against a move to the Etihad Stadium in June 2016. The 23-year-old signed a four-year contract containing a release clause of €65m for two seasons, which is now believed to have risen to €70m (£61.5m) but that has not put off City from contacting his agents – former Spain internationals Carles Puyol and Iván de la Peña – this week to discuss a potential transfer. Share on Messenger Share via Emaillast_img