Manchester City have been linked with a move for Leicester defender Caglar Soyuncu recently, and his potential signing would be bad news for Aymeric Laporte’s future in Pep Guardiola’s side at the Etihad Stadium.
According to sources in Turkey, Manchester City are best placed to sign the centre-back this summer despite interest from fellow Premier League clubs Manchester United and Chelsea, whilst Paris Saint-Germain, Real Madrid and Barcelona are also said to be keen.
The 25-year-old has established himself as one of the best players in his position since joining Leicester City from Freiburg in 2018 and was a regular in Brendan Rodgers’ side last season as they narrowly missed out on a top four spot.
His performances in the Bundesliga were enough to earn him comparisons to Germany international Mats Hummels and he has certainly caught the eye during his time in the Premier League thus far.
Although injury problems limited him to just 23 appearances in the top flight last season, his performances in the 2019/20 season, where he made 34 appearances and averaged a superb 7.04 rating from WhoScored, emphasise his quality as a top Premier League defender.
Any deal for the £40.5m-rated centre-back would not be cheap, as he is contracted at the King Power Stadium until 2023, which suggests that if he were to make the move to the Etihad this summer, a centre-back would need to be sold.
The most likely candidate to leave seems to be Laporte, who has been linked with a move back to La Liga after losing his starting spot at City last season due to the impressive form of Ruben Dias and John Stones.
As Guardiola has another left-sided centre-back in Nathan Ake who can fill in for either Dias or Stones, a player of Laporte’s quality would surely be less than happy if he were forced to compete with another centre-back should Soyuncu arrive, so an exit could well be on the cards for the Spain international.
However, Soyuncu’s impressive performances suggest that he could certainly do a job in Guardiola’s side next season, so sporting director Txiki Begiristain should definitely consider a move for him this summer.
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