Friday, September 29, 2023

Aymeric Laporte on the brink of joining Cristiano Ronaldo at Al Nassr in latest Saudi transfer

Aymeric Laporte is set to become the latest Al Nassr transfer this summer after agreeing to join from Manchester City.

The Spain international has signed a whopping £64million contract over three years with Al Nassr where he will join up with Cristiano Ronaldo.

Laporte is on his way out at City to join Al NassrGetty

City have accepted an offer from the Saudi Arabian side after Laporte fell down the pecking order.

A bid of around £25.6m has been accepted by the Premier League and Champions League winners.

The arrival of Josko Gvardiol had essentially made the centre-back surplus to requirements at the Etihad.

And Laporte has given his word to Al Nassr to become the latest big-name export to move to the Saudi Pro League.

The former Athletic Bilbao star did not start against Burnley in City’s first game of the season in the Premier League this year, though he did come on for the final 10 minutes.

In total, Laporte made 180 appearances for Pep Guardiola’s side after arriving from Athletic Bilbao in January 2018.

He joined City for £57m after they triggered his release clause and leaves having won five Premier League titles.

As well as those accolades, the 29-year-old has lifted two FA Cups, three League Cups and the Champions League last season.

Laporte had fallen down the pecking order at CityGetty

And he now looks set to play with Ronaldo and ManeGetty

City have seen several players leave this summer, including Riyad Mahrez, who also has arrived in the Gulf State after signing for Al Ahli.

But he will face his old teammate Laporte in the Saudi Pro League this season with Al Nassr.

Ronaldo signed for the Riyadh-based side last year and has blazed the trail for many others to join him.

Al Nassr have already purchased Sadio Mane, Seko Fofana, Alex Telles and Marcelo Brozovic this summer.

As well as the Al Awwal Park outfit and Al Ahli, Al Ittihad, Al Ettifaq and Al Hilal have all been signing top-rated stars.

Karim Benzema, N’Golo Kante, Roberto Firmino, Allan Saint-Maximin and Jordan Henderson are a selection of some who have also made the move.

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