Etihad bosses are in advanced talks with the Spanish outfit and hopeful of completing a deal before next week’s transfer window closes.
Pep Guardiola has tracked Laporte for several months and is willing to meet the Frenchman’s release clause.
Guardiola’s decision to land Laporte, 23, will cast fresh doubt on the long term future of crocked captain Vincent Kompany.
The Belgium ace has spent large parts of the last three seasons injured and stuck on the sidelines.
Guardiola’s determination to sign Laporte is a sure sign he sees him and Jon Stones as the bedrock of his defence for years to come.