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5 reasons why Aymeric Laporte could prove to be the best January signing

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Laporte is highly talented

This was perhaps one of the noisiest of all January transfer windows. The last time we had such a high-profile winter transfer window was back in 2011 when Fernando Torres made the headlines with his move to Chelsea.

A lot of great clubs have signed some top players. Among them, Manchester City have made what could potentially be the best signing by acquiring the signature of Aymeric Laporte. The defender was bred in the famous school in Lezama—the academy of Athletic Club—and has gone on to become one of the finest defenders in the country.

And now, Manchester City came calling for the second time. They did the same in 2016, but he refused to leave Athletic. Now, however, he has taken the leap to play under Pep Guardiola—and here are 5 reasons why he could be the best buy of the January window.

#5 Superb defender

This is so basic, isn’t it? If he wasn’t a superb defender, Guardiola wouldn’t have pressed Manchester City to break their transfer record to sign him, would he? He is so good that despite being only 23, he has played 222 times for the Basque outfit.

Laporte has been regarded highly since his younger days. Even then, he had a great understanding of the game which is his greatest asset. To put it bluntly, he is not really among the best of tacklers, but he makes up for that with his brilliant positioning.

However, the real reason why the former Barcelona manager bought him is the youngster's ability with the ball at his feet. His technical prowess, above all, sets him apart from the others. Guardiola loves to play the ball out of the defence—and Laporte can do that with relative ease and elegance.

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