Barcelona are willing to meet Aymeric Laporte’s £29.5m release clause fee in order to beat Arsenal and Bayern Munich to the Athletic Bilbao defender’s signature.

talkSPORT told you earlier this month that Bayern Munich, who are managed by former Barcelona boss Pep Guardiola, are monitoring Laporte, who is arguably the most coveted young centre-back in Europe.

He is a regular for Athletic Bilbao, who are in contention to qualify for next season’s Champions League.