Athletic Bilbao defender Aymeric Laporte has now become subject of a club-record £57m deal for Premier League side Manchester City.
According to the BBC, the 23 year old Frenchman has been long admired by Manchester City Pepe Guardiola and the club now appear to be willing to meet the release clause for the centre-back. No deal has yet to be concluded but the transfer is expected to be completed before Wednesday’s transfer windows deadline.
Should the transfer be made it will eclipsed the record fee that City paid for midfielder Kevin de Bruyne back in 2015.
Laporte joined Bilbao at the tender age of 16 and has gone on to score 10 goals in 222 appearances for the Basque club and is regarded as one of La Liga’s most promising young defender’s. He has yet to feature for the senior side on French national squad, but has featured 19 times for France at under-21 level.Opinion: Marcelo Gallardo deserves a shot at FC Barcelona Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – Due to his level of success at River Plate, we will tell you why Marcelo Gallardo deserves a shot to coach FC Barcelona in…
With the questionable fitness of skipper Vincent Kompany and the evident lack of confidence Guardiola appears to have in Eliaquim Mangala, Laporte’s timely arrival will certainty provide Guardiola a valuable option in central defence.
Also being linked to City is West Brom captain Jonny Evans. But it appears more likely that Evans will move to either Arsenal or Leicester City, as it appears City will only make a move should Mangala leave before the January transfer window closes.