Defender Aymeric Laporte is in talks with Saudi club Al-Nassr over a potential move this summer after Manchester City accepted an offer from the Saudi club. The negotiations around Laporte’s wages will take place this week. The Spaniard has fallen out of favour at Guardiola’s Man City, and with playing time likely to be limited going forwards, it is no wonder that the player is seeking to move. Man City is keen to move Laporte on to recoup some transfer fee for their investment and get his wage off the bills, which will help with FFP regulations.
The ball-playing defender joined from Spanish club Athletic Bilbao in 2018 and is one of the most decorated players in Premier League history, winning five premier league titles with the Manchester club. Despite this, he has fallen the pecking order at the Etihad, appearing only sporadically for the club last season. He made only 12 appearances in the Premier League as City won their third consecutive title, and with the arrival of Josko Gvardiol this summer, it appears that his City career is firmly over.
The Athletic reporter David Ornstein said, “Manchester City accept offer from Al Nassr for Aymeric Laporte. 29yo Spain centre-back into final 2 years of contract + thought to be open to possibility. #MCFC willing to sell, with Saudi Pro League club #AlNassr pushing to get deal done.”
Al-Nassr has signed many star players, over the previous two transfer windows, like Cristiano Ronaldo, Seko Fofana, Sadio Mane and Marcelo Brozovic. Adding Laporte on top of that would give them a squad that could compete at the highest levels of football in Europe.