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City chases quadruple

Wednesday, January 31, 2018

LONDON - For all Pep Guardiola's insistence that the quadruple represents an impossible dream, Manchester City have never been better placed to win all four trophies in one season.

A further boost to their chances should be delivered this week with British media reporting that City will break their own transfer record by paying Athletic Bilbao 57 million pounds for Aymeric Laporte.

The Frenchman, who would be eligible for the Champions League, is considered one of Europe's most promising defenders and would provide cover at left back, where City have been weakened by injury, or at the heart of the back four.

Laporte's arrival ahead of Wednesday's transfer deadline would be a welcome boost for Guardiola as he ponders how to martial his resources on four fronts.

That task is made much easier by City's 12-point lead in the Premier League which they are on course to win in record time, well ahead of the Manchester United team of 2000-01 who did so with five games to spare.

City are also well placed on the other three fronts with a final berth secured against Arsenal in the League Cup, a comfortable-looking Champions League last-16 tie against Basel coming up and a place booked in the FA Cup fifth round.

The best measure of City's progress is that two years ago they also went into February contesting on four fronts, although six points adrift in the Premier League.

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