Aymeric Laporte of Manchester City bursts into tears as his ‘dream’ transfer destination is revealed.
Aymeric Laporte, could leave the club this summer.
Manchester City defender Aymeric Laporte sobbed alone on the Etihad Stadium grass over an hour after his team had won the Premier League title. His actions would suggest that the Spain international is thinking about his future after the season, when he is set to leave Manchester after five and a half years.
Laporte joined from Athletic Bilbao in January 2018 for £57.2 million and has since won five Premier League titles.
If City wins the Champions League on June 10 against Inter Milan in Istanbul, the 28-year-old would have completed a clean sweep.
In any case, he is anticipated to seek a transfer this summer, having fallen out of favor this season under Pep Guardiola.
Tottenham is one possible destination for Laporte, but Barcelona has previously expressed interest in signing him.
Last month, transfer specialist Fabrizio Romano said that Barcelona was Laporte’s ‘dream’ destination as he confessed the player’s future remained uncertain.
“Keep an eye on Aymeric Laporte with Manchester City,” Romano said. “At the moment, they don’t want to comment because they are totally focused on the possibility of winning the treble.
“The cup, the Champions League and the Premier League, this is why they don’t want any distraction on the transfer market.
“But it’s important to say about Aymeric Laporte that there are some possibilities to leave Manchester City in the summer. He will explore his options because he wants to play as a regular starter.
“This is the idea of the player, his biggest dream would be to try Barcelona. This is the priority for Laporte in the future, but the reality is that Barcelona are going to sign Inigo Martinez in that position and also they are going to save their financial situation for the Leo Messi deal.”
Laporte has appeared in just 11 Premier League games for City this season.
Nathan Ake and John Stones are already firmly ahead of Laporte in the Etihad Stadium defensive pecking order, implying that his opportunities will be limited in the future.
After another barnstorming season, City will be open to the thought of freshening their team at the end of the season.
Josko Gvardiol of RB Leipzig is being pursued by City, who might beat Chelsea and Liverpool to the Croatian centre-back.
Gvardiol is expected to cost more than £90 million after Chelsea failed with a late £75 million bid last September.
Guardiola is optimistic. Ilkay Gundogan’s contract will be extended at the end of the season.
The contract of the German international expires in June, and Barcelona is interested to sign the City captain on a free transfer.