Barcelona lodge big bid for David Villa
The former Sporting Gijon star - who netted 28 league goals last season - appeared set to become the third mega-money Real Madrid signing in a week following the Bernabeu outfit's bids for Kaka (£56 million) and Cristiano Ronaldo (£80 million).
However, that move failed to materialise, with English big hitters Chelsea, Liverpool and Manchester United also hopeful of landing the Euro 2008 Golden Boot winner - nicknamed El Guaje (The Kid) - as well as the Catalans.
And speaking to Spanish TV programme 59 Segundos, Laporta revealed the European Cup winners' plans for both Villa and Bayern Munich midfielder Franck Ribery, who is being linked with Barca, Real and Chelsea.
“He's [Villa] a player we're interested in, and we made a good bid for him, closer to €40 million than €50 million," he said.
"He's [Ribery] a player we are interested in at a logical price. But Bayern don't want to sell. Although if they are interested in selling, we are interested.
"We need small adjustments, a left back, a central defender, a midfielder and a forward."