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Athletic Bilbao are planning to make an offer of Arsenal defender Nacho Monreal as Aymeric Laporte is tipped to join Manchester City.

City are willing to pay Laporte’s buyout clause – £57 million, as Guardiola searches for a new defender. And Bilbao know very well that if the Premier League giants come calling then it will be very hard to stop the French U-21.

According to Mundo Deportivo, the La Liga outfit want to sign Monreal from Arsenal in order to replace Laporte.
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When Laporte leaves for Manchester City, the Bilbao manager will not have any left-sided central defender in his squad.
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The report suggests that the Bilbao management has shortlisted two possible names for the replacement of Aymeric Laporte: Iñigo Martínez and Nacho Monreal.

Monreal joined Arsenal in 2013 from Malaga and this season he has been one of the standout performers for the Gunners. The 31-year-old has played 20 games in the Premier League this season scoring three times.

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