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Report: Barcelona now want to sign a third Manchester City player, player keen to go

Spanish newspaper Mundo Deportivo have claimed that Barcelona are looking to raid Manchester City for a third time this summer – and lure Aymeric Laporte to the Nou Camp. The French ace is said to be keen on leaving, after a season in which he dropped down the pecking order.

Laporte, 27, has been an excellent signing for City – on the whole. Joining in January 2018, he was instantly first choice and arguably one of City’s best players during 2019-20. But this season, the signing of Ruben Dias and the return of John Stones have seen Laporte drop out of the starting XI.

Instead of fighting for his place, Laporte could now leave City. The Athletic claim Laporte – along with Gabriel Jesus and Raheem Sterling – are considering their options this summer. Eric Garcia and Sergio Aguero have already left City for Barcelona, and now Laporte could join them.

Mundo Deportivo say that Barcelona want to sign another centre-back after Garcia and with Laporte available – it makes perfect sense. Laporte – who got his first international call-up last week – may want to go. It remains to be seen what price City would sell for, given he cost £57million.

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Can Manchester City afford to let Laporte go to Barcelona?

In an ideal world, City would keep all of their players this summer and splash the cash to bring in Jack Grealish and Harry Kane. But the real world does not work like that, and neither does Financial Fairplay Rules. If they are going to spend – what could be – £250million, they need to sell.

Kane is expected to cost £150million and Grealish is rated at £100million. City can afford that easily. But to balance the books, they need to sell too. If they can claw in anything above £40million for £120,000-a-week (Spotrac) Laporte, then it is a deal they probably need to strongly consider.

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