Because before the transfer market started it seemed clear that Aymeric Laporte would not continue at Manchester City next season and Athletic saw a golden opportunity to complete his return
Five years have passed since then the transfer that lasted laporte of Sporty to bring him to Manchester City. At the time it was the most expensive sale for the Bilbao club, pocketing €65m for the transfer, although they would pocket even more just a year later with the sale of Kepa Arrizabalaga to Chelsea for a final sum of €80m. from euros.
Both players continued to grow but never achieved what both England teams paid for. So much so that just five years later, they both dream of returning home. However, we have now learned that none of them will do so. At least not the central one Laporte has turned down Athletic’s decision on money.
Laporte moves away from Athletic for good
We found that out in the last few days Laporte is one of the names that resounded in Real Madrid offices to replace the injured Militao. However, this was ultimately ruled out as the Whites will not add another central defender to the squad. That’s why Athletic appeared to be left alone in the race for the Spain international.
However, the latest news is not encouraging. As Fabrizio Romano commented just a few minutes ago, the Saudi club Al Nassr has made an important financial offer to Laporte. The native Frenchman wants to set the course for Saudi Arabia and work there with big stars like Cristiano Ronaldo or Mané. Thus, Athletic is just waiting for the player’s definitive yes to give him up for good.
Manchester City give the go-ahead for the game
It is not about Al Nassr’s first overture by the Manchester City footballer, as this is a new offer with a salary increase. There is currently no official proposal, but negotiations are going well and it seems only a matter of time before both parties reach an agreement.
The third party involved in the operation, Manchester City, would also not pose any problems with the agreement with the Saudi club. And the fact is that the centre-back is not included in Pep Guardiola’s plans and they have been working on his exit for weeks. Anyway, we have to keep waiting To see Laporte again in the Athletic jerseybecause this summer the player will leave Europe to travel to Asia.
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