A talented centre-back, Emerick Laporte has been a key player for Manchester City during his time at the club. His ability to read the game, physicality and technique made him one of the best defenders in the Premier League.
A move to Al-Nasr may come as a surprise to many fans, given Laporte’s level and reputation in European football. However, the financial capabilities of clubs from the Gulf and other parts of Asia have become competitive in the global football transfer market and they regularly attract high-profile players.
For Manchester City, €30m could be a good financial contribution, especially given the current economic climate in football due to the effects of the pandemic. This money could be used to strengthen the squad in other positions or invest in young talent.
However, Laporte’s departure will certainly leave a gap in Man City’s defence. Pep Guardiola’s team will be challenged to find a worthy replacement or give other defenders in the team a chance to prove themselves in his place.