Barcelona end interest in Man City’s Aymeric Laporte’

Barcelona have given up their pursuit of Manchester City centre-back Aymeric Laporte.

The Spain international had to make do with a rotation role last season due to the form of John Stones and Ruben Dias, which has led to suggestions of a transfer elsewhere this summer.

Barcelona who have already snapped up ex-Man City defender Eric Garcia on a free transfer – have been strongly linked with a swoop for Laporte, despite a recent report claiming that City view him as unsellable.

Report says due to their well-documented financial struggles, La Blaugrana have ended their interest in the former Athletic Bilbao man, as well as Juventus’ Matthijs de Ligt.

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Laporte featured just 16 times in the Premier League last term – starting 14 of those games – and he did not play a single minute in the quarter-finals, semi-finals or final of the Champions League.

The 27-year-old has been an integral player for Spain at Euro 2020, though, playing every minute so far as La Roja prepares to face Italy in the semi-finals.


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