Aymeric Laporte trained normally with Athletic Bilbao at 10am this morning, after reaching a complete agreement to join Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City in the January transfer window.
Laporte and Athletic Club are now waiting for City to deposit €65million into the Basque club’s bank account, thus triggering 23-year-old Laporte’s release clause.
City’s spending on the classy young centre-back won’t end there, with the club making a huge investment on the player they hope will partner John Stones – who was born just one day after Laporte – for many years to come.
The full extent of City’s investment has been revealed by the reliable El Correo who claim to have received the financial details from a source close to Manchester City.
City plan a massive €150million investment in Laporte, one they will hope he repays with years of service. €65million will be for the fee of course, with up to €42million to be paid in wages.
Laporte is expected to earn €7million net per season, or around €14million gross. Combined over the duration of a six-year deal, that amounts to €84million – although that seems to include bonuses and objectives that will need to be met for the full amount to be paid.
City have decided to invest heavily in Laporte because of his youth and talent, knowing West Brom’s Jonny Evans, a cheaper alternative, would offer less longevity. Guardiola has wanted to sign Laporte for a long time and City are expected to pay his release clause either on Thursday or Friday.
Laporte is one of two transfer targets identified at a high-level meeting involving chief executive Ferran Soriano, sporting director Txiki Begiristain, and manager Pep Guardiola on Saturday. The club are also working on a deal to sign Shakhtar Donetsk midfielder Fred, with indications that it could be done before the transfer window closes.
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