La Liga giants show interest as declining Man City star makes clear his wish for exit

Barcelona and Real Madrid have shown interest in Aymeric Laporte, who has told Manchester City he wants to leave for La Liga, according to reports.

Laporte looked like one of the Premier League’s best center-backs during his first 18 months or so after arriving in January 2018. The former Athletic Bilbao defender made 51 appearances in all competitions during the season. 2018-19 season. However, over the next two years, injuries hampered his progress.

City struggled somewhat in his absence in the 2019-20 season, conceding their Premier League crown to Liverpool. Rather than trust Laporte on his return, they spent a lot on Ruben Dias last summer.

It was a worthwhile investment, as Dias was named Premier League player of the season. But instead of Laporte playing alongside him in the back, his usual partner was a revitalized John Stones.

With Dias and Stones likely to start most of City games next season, Laporte’s future is in question. After changing international allegiance to be able to represent Spain at Euro 2020, the French-born star could also be on the verge of changing clubs.

There were murmurs of an outing for quite a while. Laporte suggested as early as May that he might consider a transfer this summer.

This lead to links with Barcelona, despite their precarious financial situation. They have already signed Sergio Aguero and Eric Garcia on free transfers from City and could pay for Laporte to follow.

According to 90min, Laporte has now communicated to City that he wants to leave this summer. Concretely, he only wants to return to La Liga rather than any other destination.

But Barcelona are not their only suitors, as Real Madrid have also reportedly made contact.

Los Blancos are set to lose Raphael Varane to Manchester United so they could look for a replacement on the other side of town. Having also said goodbye to Sergio Ramos, it is essential that Los Blancos rebuild their defense, despite already adding David Alaba on a free kick.

Laporte could thus have the choice between the two rivals of El Clasico. They each identified him as their first target in defense, if they can find the funds.

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While they are thinking about it, they have asked City to keep them posted on his future.

City are ready to grant him their exit wish, but only for the right price.

Silva is also looking to get out

Another City player is considering his future despite a previously important role, attacking midfielder Bernardo Silva.

City reportedly close to signing Jack Grealish from Aston Villa. If that happens, not only will the club have to balance the books after a £ 100million madness, but some of the squad competing for the same position may fear their opportunities will diminish.

This appears to be the case for Silva who, according to the Daily mail will explore an exit from the club if Grealish arrives.

Silva has been with City since 2017 when he joined Monaco on a very expensive move. He has four years left on his contract, but he only made 26 Premier League appearances last season. It was the lowest tally of his career at City.

Grealish posing an additional threat to his chances of getting back on track, Silva may have to look for an exit.

the To post has claimed he hopes to return to continental Europe, where Barcelona and Atletico Madrid could fight to take him to La Liga.

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