Guardiola puts City star up for sale?

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Reports in Spain suggest that Pep Guardiola has surprisingly approved the sale of a Manchester City star should a good offer come in for him.

After switching his international allegiance from France to Spain recently, City defender Aymeric Laporte is now keen on a move to the Spanish capital, according to El Confidencial, and "doesn't care" if it is to Atletico Madrid or Real Madrid.

According to the Daily Mirror, Guardiola has sanctioned the likely departure of several players, among them Laporte, as he looks to raise funds to find a replacement for striker Sergio Aguero, who has joined Barcelona as a free agent.

There has been much speculation around the centre-back's future at the Etihad after he fell down the pecking order last season, and has been linked with moves to Barcelona and both Madrid clubs.

Real are yet to agree a new deal for captain Sergio Ramos, while Raphael Varane has reportedly rejected a new contract from the LaLiga side in order to push through a move to Paris Saint-Germain. 

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It is believed this opening could pave the way for a potential switch to Los Blancos for Laporte, who struggled to break Guardiola's preferred central defensive pairing of Ruben Dias and John Stones last season, making just 16 appearances in the 2020/21 Premier League campaign.

Both Madrid sides are yet to officially express their interest in the 27-year-old, but the defender will have further chances to impress at the UEFA European Championship with Spain.

On Monday night, the former Athletic Bilbao man earned himself a clean sheet in his new country's opening fixture of the tournament against Sweden, which ended in a 0-0 draw.

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