In response to reports that Aymeric Laporte has been offered to Tottenham Hotspur, Aston Villa has entered the race for the Manchester City star.
Aston Villa is now interested in signing Aymeric Laporte, so Tottenham Hotspur may now have to compete for his services.
According to 90Min, Villa has started negotiations to sign one of two Spanish center backs.
In an effort to sign one of them, Unai Emery has set his sights on Manchester City defender Laporte and Villarreal star Pau Torres.
Both center backs are left-footers by nature, and Emery may be looking to replace Tyrone Mings in the long run.
Villa has earned a spot in the Europa Conference League, and manager Emery is now looking to make some significant additions.
Laporte would undoubtedly meet that criteria, while Emery is already acquainted with Torres well from their time spent together at Villarreal.
Emery will be hoping to work some magic by luring one of these players to Villa Park. Either of these players would be significant additions to the back line for Villa.
Laporte, who Pep Guardiola dubbed “incredible” last year, is said to be available for around £40 million, or £17 million less than what City paid for him in 2018.
Tottenham may be unable to sign Aymeric Laporte.
The report also mentions Tottenham Hotspur’s potential interest in bringing in new defenders.
With Davinson Sanchez and Japhet Tanganga likely to be sold, new manager Ange Postecoglou will require defensive reinforcements.
Add to that the possibility that loanee Clement Lenglet, a left-footer himself, will not return, and it’s clear that Tottenham need more defensive options.
Tottenham had been offered the chance to sign Laporte this summer, according to 90Min in April.
Spurs, on the other hand, completely unraveled and missed out not only on the Champions League but also on European qualification altogether.
This will make signing a player like Laporte even more difficult, which is not ideal for Postecoglou’s new job.
This is still a signing Tottenham should pursue in order to strengthen their defense, but Villa’s interest complicates matters even more.