Manchester City have confirmed that Aymeric Laporte has successfully completed surgery on his injured knee.

Barcelona are reportedly interested in signing Manchester City defender Aymeric Laporte once the summer transfer window opens for business.

The Catalan club are keeping a close eye on City’s potential Champions League ban with the Liga giants ready to offer the Frenchman a way out should the reigning Premier League title-holders be excluded from European competition.

Mundo Deportivo report that Quique Setien’s side are already looking ahead to next season – whenever that may be – and are, as a priority, aiming to strengthen in defence.

Laporte was a target for Barcelona in 2017 but were unwilling to pay his €65m release clause which then eventually saw the 25-year-old move to the Etihad.

But they have tracked his progress and remain keen admirers of Laporte.

Mundo say that should City’s appeal against a Champions League ban fail, then Barcelona will make a move for the central defender, who they see as the ideal replacement for the ageing Gerard Pique.

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