Manchester City intend to trigger the €65million release clause of Athletic Bilbao centre-back Aymeric Laporte ‘imminently’, Bruno Alemany of reputable Spanish outlet Cadena SER reports tonight.
El MANCHESTER CITY está muy interesado en pagar la claúsula de LAPORTE
A Guardiola no le convence Mangala y Kompany se lesiona siempre. Serán 5 años de contrato
La idea es depositar la claúsula sobre el viernes, 65 mills más derechos de formación, unos 70 pic.twitter.com/9PjzukOJZk
— Carrusel Deportivo (@carrusel) January 23, 2018
City will pay the player’s clause on Friday and he will pen a five-year contract, going into the Champions League squad for the knockout stage.
Like an earlier report from Spain, it’s claimed that Pep Guardiola feels he only had two reliable centre-backs in Otamendi and Stones, with Kompany constantly injured and Mangala not well-suited to Guardiola’s style of football.
The only thing that could prevent the deal it seems is Laporte again deciding not to move, but you’d hope this time City are sure another U-turn won’t happen, and could soon welcome the highly-rated 23-year-old into their squad.
22:30 UPDATE: Another journalist, Nika Cuenca, reports that Laporte has agreed to join City despite Athletic’s attempts to convince him to stay. The defender couldn’t say “no” to Guardiola a second time, with Cuenca reporting that the transfer will be formalised next week.
— Nika Cuenca (@NikaCuenca) January 23, 2018
22:32 UPDATE: Both Cadena COPE and Onda Cero are now also reporting that Laporte is City-bound!
➡️ Aymeric Laporte, jugador del Athletic de Bilbao, se marcha al Manchester City en este mercado de invierno.
➡️ El City pagará 65 millones de euros más otros 5 en derechos de formación.
— El Partidazo de COPE (@partidazocope) January 23, 2018
— El Transistor (@ElTransistorOC) January 23, 2018
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