Manchester City have paid Aymeric Laporte’s €65m release clause – report

Manchester City paid the €65million release clause of Aymeric Laporte on Wednesday, essentially closing a deal for the Athletic Bilbao player, SPORT journalist Pol Ballús reported tonight.

Ballús says City deposited the money into Athletic Club’s bank account earlier today and with Laporte having a full personal agreement with the Premier League club, the deal is now ‘a matter of hours’ from being made official.

Pep Guardiola is said to have insisted on this transfer happening, despite the 23-year-old infamously doing a late U-turn on a move to City in 2016.

Earlier, Cadena SER stated that City bosses were drafting Laporte’s contract in Barcelona.

The addition of Laporte will bring depth to City’s centre-back options with Pep Guardiola not a believer in Eliaquim Mangala and club captain Vincent Kompany constantly injured.

City also considered Iñigo Martínez and Jonny Evans for the position, but eventually decided to invest heavily in one of La Liga’s most highly-rated central defenders.

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