Athletic Bilbao defender Aymeric Laporte has been linked with a move to Barcelona for quite some time and the deal could go through in the summer, Mundo Deportivo have revealed.
The Catalans have identified the 21-year-old France defender as their top target and will be making a move in the summer transfer window as they look to revamp their backline.
Despite his tender age, Aymeric Laporte has developed into a key figure for Athletic Bilbao since 2012, playing over 100 La Liga matches since his debut for the Basque side.
His impressive and commanding appearances have caught the attention of a number of Europe’s top clubs such as Manchester United, who were thought to be interested in young defender, but Barcelona seem to be keen on making a first move in order to beat the competition to the signature of this highly-rated player.
Spanish champions have already been linked with the French defender, who reportedly said he would refuse Barca move in the future.
However, Laporte has since then denied the claims.