Duncan Castles has claimed on The Transfer Window podcast that Tottenham Hotspur-linked Aymeric Laporte wants to leave Manchester City.
The well-known and well-respected journalist has reported that Laporte is pushing for a move away from Premier League champions City in the summer transfer window.
The Citizens are now under pressure to find a solution about the 27-year-old’s future, according to Castles.
SkySport and The Guardian journalist Fabrizio Romano reported in June that Laporte is one of the players City have offered to Tottenham to sign star striker Harry Kane.
Castles said on The Transfer Window podcast: “A player you may not see playing for Manchester next season, certainly it’s his wish not to be playing for them next season, is Aymeric Laporte.”
The report added: “Laporte, I am told, is pushing Manchester City to allow him and to facilitate his exit, and my guidance is he is making it difficult for City in the sense that if they felt they could retain him as the third-choice centre-back, use him to pressure Stones and Dias, be ready if one of them were to get injured or one of their form to regress, Stones being the more likely candidate there, and Laporte was to behave himself and get back into the team, they would probably go along that route. But the sense I am getting is that Laporte is kicking up enough of a fuss that City are being pressured to find a solution to this.”
Could a Tottenham Hotspur transfer happen?
Laporte’s reported preference is go to Spain to play his club football, but City are likely to make the final decision.
The 27-year-old – who cost City £57 million in transfer fees in January 2018, according to BBC Sport – did not play regularly for the Citizens last season, and one can understand why he wants to leave.
The City no.14 made 14 starts and two substitute appearances in the Premier League and played four times in the Champions League for Pep Guardiola’s side last season.
Tottenham could be an option for the 27-year-old Spain international centre-back.
Yes, Spurs do not tend to win major trophies and will not play in the Champions League next season, but Laporte is likely to feature regularly for Nuno’s side, as fellow defender Toby Alderweireld has left.