Manchester City have beaten Manchester United in the pursuit of La Liga star defender

Manchester City are set to complete a £39.2 million move for Athletic Bilbao defender Aymeric Laporte, according to Daily Mail.

Incoming City manager Pep Guardiola has identified the French star as one of the players who can improve the club’s defence next season.

Laporte has a £39.2 million release clause in his contract with the Basque club and Guardiola has urged the City board to ensure that the France U-21 plays at the Etihad Stadium next season.

The 21-year-old, who has been ruled out for six months after breaking his right leg and dislocating an ankle, has reportedly begun house hunting in Manchester ahead of the proposed summer move.

Laporte is one of the best young defensive prospects in European football and has been linked with the likes of Manchester United, Real Madrid and Barcelona.

United, in particular, have been heavily linked with the player over the last couple of years, but it now appears that he will be moving to cross-town rivals City.

The report from The Daily Mail further claims that Guardiola also wants to sign John Stones of Everton and Reece Oxford of West Ham.

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