Barcelona planning move for £31m Arsenal, Chelsea and United target

Barcelona are preparing to make a move to sign French defender Aymeric Laporte from Athletic Bilbao, and will look to beat Arsenal, Chelsea and Manchester United to his signature, according to Marca.

Laporte, 20, is regarded as one of the best young defenders in Europe and has already made 95 appearances for Bilbao since joining the club’s youth system in 2010.

Barcelona’s assistant sporting director, Charly Rexach is keen on a move for Laporte, though he is also looking at Bayern Munich centre-back Jerome Boateng.

The Frenchman still has three years remaining on his Bilbao contract but is looking likely to depart this summer if a big club is willing to match his £31 million release clause.

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Chelsea, Arsenal and United have all been linked with a move for the youngster, though he calmed talk of a move to the Premier League back in January.

“Not really, not at the moment, anyway,” he told FourFourTwo.

“I’m feeling very good at Athletic and want to keep developing as best I can here, because I can feel myself improving every day.”

Barcelona are currently unable to bring in any players as a result of their transfer embargo, though the Marca report suggests the plan would be to sign Laporte and then loan him back to Bilbao for another season – a deal that would suit both parties.

Should Aymeric Laporte leave Athletic Bilbao this season? Would a move to the Premier League suit him?

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