Laporte pays buy-out clause ahead of record Manchester City move

Athletic Bilbao defender Aymeric Laporte has paid his release fee clause ahead of a move to English Premier League leaders Manchester City, the Spanish club said on Monday.

The 23-year-old Laporte had a 65 million-euro (57 million pounds) clause in his contract with the Basque side.

He has now activated this ahead of joining Pep Guardiola’s City for whom he will become a club record signing.

Spanish and British media reported that Laporte will be presented as a Manchester City player on Tuesday as they bolster their back line by recruiting the France Under-21 player.

“Athletic thanks the player for what he gave during the time he was at our club,” Bilbao said in a statement.

At 57 million pounds, Laporte will overtake Kevin De Bruyne (55 million pounds) as the club’s most expensive signing.

Frequent injuries to Manchester City captain Vincent Kompany and Guardiola’s lack of faith in Eliaquim Mangala meant the Catalan coach wanted to add another central defender.

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