Laporte -- whose move reportedly would be dependent on Mangala moving on -- would provide cover for present first-choice pairing England international John Stones and Argentinian Nicolas Otamendi. According to The Sun and the BBC, Guardiola favours investing that amount in Laporte -- who has yet to win a senior France cap though he was called up for two 2018 World Cup qualifiers -- than spending around £24m on rivals West Bromwich Albion's 30-year-old Northern Irish central defender Jonny Evans. City's current transfer record is £55m. They paid VfL Wolfsburg for Belgian international Kevin de Bruyne in 2015.
£44m Raheem Sterling— BBC Sport (@BBCSport) January 25, 2018
£45m Kyle Walker
£47.5m John Stones
£52m Benjamin Mendy
£55m Kevin de Bruyne
Man City are set to break their transfer record again.
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