Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Reds Weigh Up Swoop for Bilbao Ace Laporte

Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Reds Weigh Up Swoop for Bilbao Ace Laporte

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UNITED are considering a move for Athletic Bilbao defender Aymeric Laporte as planning for next season gets underway.

with Jose Mourinho about taking over from the Dutchman.

Laporte is on a list of potential defensive targets along with Everton's John Stones and Real Madrid's Raphael Varane.

The 21-year-old, who is left-footed, is viewed as an ideal partner for Chris Smalling, who is enjoying his best season at Old Trafford since arriving from Fulham in 2010.

In April Laporte, who is yet to win a senior cap for France, signed a deal with agent Jorge Mendes, who has a good relationship with United's executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward after negotiating deals for Angel Di Maria and Radamel Falcao, as well as David de Gea's new contract.

But there are complications with any potential deal. …

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