Athletic Bilbao centre-back Aymeric Laporte is on Barcelona’s shortlist as they look to sign a new defender.

The 19-year-old has been one of the revelations of the season this term, playing an integral role in the heart of the Leones defence.

And Marca believe that the Basque youngster is an alternative for the Blaugrana if they fail in their pursuit for a bigger name signing.

David Luiz, Thomas Vermaelen and Jan Vertonghen are all said to be ahead of Laporte in the pecking order.

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