Manchester City reportedly have an agreement with Aymeric Laporte that he can leave should a bid of £60m arrive, the defender having fallen down the pecking order at the Etihad.
The current situation marks a stark decline for the former Athletic Bilbao man, having initially been classed as one of the best defenders in Europe following his then club-record move to Man City in January 2018.
While injury has also played its part, a poor start to the previous season saw the centre-back lose his place in the side to John Stones, the England international going on to form an immense partnership with new man Ruben Dias to help steer Pep Guardiola’s side to the title.
That rock-solid duo saw Laporte’s game time severely restricted, as he went on to feature in just 16 Premier League games last season and only 11 more in all competitions.
Despite a string of impressive displays for Spain at Euro 2020 – having switched allegiances from France prior to the tournament – his club issues seemingly remain, the Mail reporting that City have an agreement with the 27-year-old that he can leave for £60m.
That would see the club make a marginal profit on the £57m they originally paid to prize him from Bilbao just over three years ago, although it remains to be seen whether any potential suitors can cough up the required cash to secure his services.
The report suggests that both Real Madrid and Juventus are interested in the player, albeit with both sides currently struggling financially, the former’s only acquisition being that of David Alaba on a free transfer.
City are hoping to generate a suitable fee for the defender as they look to raise funds for their pursuit of Tottenham Hotspur striker Harry Kane.
Guardiola has already revealed that there are ‘three or four’ players who are keen to leave, one of which he admitted was Bernardo Silva, with Laporte likely to be one of the others.
Should he leave in the coming weeks, City may be slightly short at the back having already seen Eric Garcia join Barcelona on a free transfer, although they do have Nathan Ake and young defender Luke Mbete as cover, while the versatile Fernandinho can slot in at centre-back if required.