Al-Nassr’s bid for Aymeric Laporte has been accepted by Manchester City.
The skilled defender is currently considering a transfer to the prominent Saudi Arabian club, potentially making him the third member of the treble-winning squad to depart this summer, following in the footsteps of Ilkay Gundogan and Riyad Mahrez.
Laporte, aged 29, saw a decrease in his role within the City squad last season, as Pep Guardiola favored Manuel Akanji and Nathan Ake.
His appearances in the Premier League were limited to just 12 matches.
In response, City acquired Josko Gvardiol for a world-record fee of £78 million, which has further diminished Laporte’s standing within the team’s hierarchy.
Nonetheless, he did make a substitute appearance in the recent 3-0 victory over Burnley, demonstrating his continued involvement.
With two years remaining on his contract, this summer might represent Manchester City’s final opportunity to secure a substantial fee for Laporte’s transfer.
Adding to the intrigue, Laporte was observed capturing images of the Etihad Stadium following City’s last home game of the previous season, a gesture that hinted at his potential departure from the club.
Al-Nassr has strategically pursued high-profile acquisitions, a trend that gained momentum after the signing of Cristiano Ronaldo in January.
Notably, Sadio Mane, Marcelo Brozovic, Seko Fofana, and Alex Telles have all become part of their roster in this current transfer window.
Reports suggest that Al-Nassr’s ambitions extend further, with an interest in procuring the services of Liverpool’s goalkeeper Alisson.
The Brazilian shot-stopper is apparently enticed by the prospect, given the substantial wages that Al-Nassr is rumored to be prepared to offer.