Published: Tue, January 30, 2018
Sport | By Wendy Sparks

Manchester City set to complete £57m signing of Aymeric Laporte

Manchester City set to complete £57m signing of Aymeric Laporte

"He's a player of Athletic Bilbao", the City boss was reported as saying by Sky Sports.

City are thought to be happy to match the defender's £57m release clause, which would break the club's transfer record of £55m that they paid for Kevin De Bruyne in 2015.

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And the French defender's club Athletic Bilbao have confirmed they have been paid the fee, with the deal just needing rubber-stamping. "He is one of the best defenders in La Liga, without a doubt", says Javi Beltrán, a football reporter for AS, who has watched Laporte since he joined Bilbao.

According to the Sunday Mirror, City are also prepared to make a £150m summer move for Chelsea forward Eden Hazard, despite the Belgian being close to a new contract. It's the same as other players in the clubs, I didn't speak about previous players.

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Laporte will be immediately available for selection but City's clash with West Brom in the Premier League on Wednesday night could come to soon for him if the big-money deal is completed on Monday.

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