The 23-year-old centre-back -- who has been at Athletic Bilbao since he was 16 -- would cost City £57m ($81m) owing to a release clause in his contract at Bilbao but would resolve a problematic area for manager Pep Guardiola where veteran Vincent Kompany is injury-prone and Frenchman Eliaquim Mangala has not impressed.
Man City are closing in on the signing of Aymeric Laporte from Athletic Bilbao, sources have confirmed to ESPN FC: https://t.co/MrDrQufuqD pic.twitter.com/Gp1QLuReY4— ESPN FC (@ESPNFC) January 25, 2018
Laporte -- whose move reportedly would be dependent on Mangala moving on -- would provide cover for present first-choice pairing England international John Stones and Argentinian Nicolas Otamendi. According to The Sun and the BBC, Guardiola favours investing that amount in Laporte -- who has yet to win a senior France cap though he was called up for two 2018 World Cup qualifiers -- than spending around £24m on rivals West Bromwich Albion's 30-year-old Northern Irish central defender Jonny Evans. City's current transfer record is £55m. They paid VfL Wolfsburg for Belgian international Kevin de Bruyne in 2015.
£44m Raheem SterlingJanuary 25, 2018
£45m Kyle Walker
£47.5m John Stones
£52m Benjamin Mendy
£55m Kevin de Bruyne
Man City are set to break their transfer record again.
More on their pursuit of Aymeric Laporte: https://t.co/Ih2r0z59wY pic.twitter.com/KWuVEGLCir
Manchester City are reportedly closing in on a £57M deal for Aymeric Laporte, per @TelegraphSport https://t.co/570UbH5ZK3 pic.twitter.com/8Yct005hPK— B/R Football (@brfootball) January 25, 2018
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