'I will study offers' – Man City target Laporte reignites Athletic Bilbao exit talk

The Frenchman has also admitted switching to Pep Guardiola’s side last summer would have been a “very good move” for him

Manchester City target Aymeric Laporte has reignited talk he could leave Athletic Bilbao by admitting he is willing to “study” any new offers which may come his way.

The Frenchman was identified by Pep Guardiola as a dream addition last summer and even held talks with the Catalan coach over a switch to City.

However, Laporte shunned a move to the Etihad Stadium and instead penned a new four-year contract at Bilbao, tying him to the club until 2020.

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But the defender has since suggested he could still depart the Basque outfit, telling El Correo: “You have to think about offers and, if new proposals come along, I will study them.”

City turned their attentions to John Stones after missing out on Laporte, landing the England international for a fee in the region of £50m from Everton.

Reflecting on last summer’s events, Laporte has also admitted switching to City would have been a “very good move” for him, but he equally insists Bilbao are close to his heart.

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“It [City switch] would have been a very good move, not just for me but for any player,” he added.

“But Athletic’s philosophy is very special.”

It is understood the release clause in Laporte’s new deal stands at €65m (£55.8m), rising to €70m (£60m) after 2018.