Manchester City are the threat when signing the player
Barça has the firm intention to strengthen the heart of the defense next summer. It is a difficult operation, because the market offers little quality center-backs. As a song that repeats every summer, then, the names of Laporte and Marquinhos reappear linked to the club.
The favorite one (once Alaba renewed for Bayern Munich) when signing a new center-back. Laporte, currently in Athletic Club, costs 50 million euros, which is the price of his clause, which won't be lowered by the Basque club.
Besides the price, the figure of Manchester City, with Pep Guardiola's personal involvement in negotiations, stands as a major obstacle when joining Laporte. While some media claim that City has already closed a deal with the center-back and will pay €50 million, others argue that Laporte, despite being aware of the offer from England, wants to wait until he has a clear offer from Barça.
If Laporte can't come to the club, for whatever reason, Marquinhos name appears as the main alternative. Even the newspaper AS reports that Barça's technical director is negotiating the signing. Marquinhos has no clause, so the price must be agreeded with PSG. And the French team will not let him go easily.
The journalist Lluis Miguelsanz (Sport) claims that the name of Mateo Musacchio (25-year-old center-back playing at Villarreal) is also on the list of potential signings, plus a fourth player whose name has not been revealed. Musacchio's advantage is that he has experience in the Spanish league.