Manchester City fans react as Aymeric Laporte linked with FC Barcelona transfer
Aymeric Laporte is a surprise target for FC Barcelona this summer.
Spanish newspaper Mundo Deportivo have claimed that the former Athletic Bilbao defender wants to leave Manchester City this summer.
In addition, Barcelona are believed to be preparing a move for the center-back.
The Athletic reported earlier this week that Laporte is considering his options this summer after losing a first-team berth to John Stones and Ruben Dias.
Aymeric Laporte could leave this summer
Although Laporte has yet to put a foothold for City since arriving in January 2018, the form of Stones and Dias has seen the Spain international demoted on the bench for most of the season.
Indeed, Laporte made 27 appearances last season for City. However, the French-born center-back has only started 14 Premier League games.
Despite a possible summer transfer on the horizon, City supporters on social media want Laporte to stay with the club.
Here’s what some fans had to say on Twitter about the startling news …
Thanks to Pep for the poor selection in the UCL final, insisting on playing Sterling in bad shape and losing the final… The players want to leave, the team is falling apart.
– Nizar K (@Nyzo_k) June 3, 2021
Why the hell would you want to lose one of the best CB in the world. Just turn it right, but no, Guardiola playing Garcia on him was more important.
– Vvk (@vvk_blc) June 3, 2021
Big big mistake
– Yusuf Arouni (@YKMCFC) June 3, 2021
I can’t believe we keep stones on Laporte
– Josh🦧 (@ mcfcjosh9320) June 3, 2021
If Barça offer 100 million plus Messi, maybe!
– Paul Portlock-Smith (@Portlocks) June 3, 2021
Will they sell the whole team to Barcelona
– Shane (@Shanologymcfc) June 3, 2021
As reported by BBC Sport, Laporte was once a club record signing for City, costing the club £ 57million.
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