Five major Premier League signings possible in the last week of January window

It has been quite an eventful January, and a huge amount of talent has switched allegiances up until now. However, with only a week left in the window, we expect to see a bump in transfer activity and some major movement in the coming days. Here’s our take on five biggest Premier League transfers that are expected to take place in the last week of the ongoing transfer window. 5. Aymeric Laporte – Athletic Bilbao to Manchester City Manchester City can’t possibly imagine improving on their first half of the…

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Manchester City look towards Laporte. Can Arsenal steal a move on Jonny Evans?

Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola has been on the lookout for a new centre-back this month, and it appears that he has finally found his player in Aymeric Laporte of Athletic Bilbao. According to Sky Sports, City are considering triggering the £60m release clause for the French defender. The report mentions that talks are ongoing between the two sides and are expected to continue on Tuesday. The Citizens have held a long-term interest in the 23-year-old, and they unsuccessfully attempted to sign him back in 2016. In the last few…

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Manchester City reportedly secure second big summer signing, miss out on defensive star target

Manchester City have sealed a £40 million deal for Schalke star Leroy Sane, beating the likes of Real Madrid, Bayern Munich and Manchester United to his signature. According to a report by The Sun, the Citizens have secured their second big summer signing for incoming coach Pep Guardiola, after signing midfielder Ilkay Gundogan from Borussia Dortmund earlier this month. Once again, Man City looked to the Germany Bundesliga and found Sane, who is one of the most highly rated young players in Germany and Europe. Sane has scored 13 times for…

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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…

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Manchester City to splash big on defensive starlets

Manchester City are prepared to pay £80 million to sign Aymeric Laporte and John Stones to give new coach Pep Guardiola the long-term centre-back partnership he wants, according to the Daily Express. The Citizen’s squad is set to undergo a major revamp when the current Bayern coach arrives during the summer, with the Spaniard already confirmed as Manuel Pellegrini’s successor at the Emirates. Their season so far has shown that the area of most concern will be the heart of their defence, as captain Vincent Kompany has suffered a set of…

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Aymeric Laporte’s club worried that Man United and Chelsea will be able to trigger his £36m buyout clause in January

Athletic Bilbao are worried that they will not be able to prevent defender Aymeric Laporte joining Manchester United, Chelsea, or Arsenal in January like they were able to during the summer, the Daily Express report. The La Liga side were able to keep hold of the highly-rated centre-back during the off-season after telling any interested party that they would need to trigger his £36m buyout clause (via Express), and while that stance prevented any movement previously, it seems that Bilbao will be helpless during the winter window. The Express report…

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Chelsea news: Hazard explains shaky start, while France defender could be Premier League bound

Here is Wednesday’s news and gossip concerning Chelsea: Eden Hazard has suggested that the Blues have made a lacklustre start to the new season because it is more difficult to play as champions, the Daily Mail report. Jose Mourinho’s side have collected just one win so far this campaign, and the Belgian believes that it is natural that they would start slowly. “It’s difficult to play as a champion because everyone wants to beat you, everyone wants to kill you,” he said. Athletic Bilbao fear that reported Chelsea target Aymeric…

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Man United gossip: Pedro could play on Saturday, while bid planned for Athletic Bilbao defender

Here is Tuesday’s news and gossip concerning Manchester United: United’s vice-chairman Ed Woodward is hoping to complete a deal to sign Barcelona winger Pedro before the clash with Newcastle on Saturday, according to the Metro. The 28-year-old could even feature in the game at Old Trafford. The Red Devils are planning to make an offer for Athletic Bilbao defender Aymeric Laporte, according to the Metro. The Frenchman has a release clause in his contract that means that Louis van Gaal may have to pay £36.5m. United will have to pay…

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Man United considering bid for Spanish Super Cup winning defender Aymeric Laporte

Manchester United are considering the possibility of making a bid for Athletic Bilbao defender Aymeric Laporte, according to the Metro. The promising 21-year-old was part of the side that stunned everyone by humiliating Barcelona in the Spanish Super Cup. The tie was essentially over after the first leg, when a Aritz Aduriz hat-trick helped the Basque side clinch a 4-0 win. They followed it up with a 1-1 draw in the Nou Camp to claim their first trophy for over 20 years. Despite Laporte’s tender age, he has established himself…

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