The Frenchman is widely hailed as one of the very best young defenders in La Liga, and has been a key member of his side’s first-team this term, despite being just 20.
His performances have attracted a host of top clubs from across Europe, but arsenal have been mooted as favourites to land the enforcer.
However, Chelsea are now in the running, with reports suggesting that the Londoners are ready to pay £32m for the youngster.
Athletic are desperate to keep their man, but a bid of the aforementioned figure would trigger the release clause in his contract and leave the San Mames outfit powerless.
Manchester United have also been linked with Laporte, while Spanish football’s big hitters are also in the mix.