Laporte bids goodbye to Bilbao ahead of proposed Manchester City move

Laporte bids goodbye to Bilbao ahead of proposed Manchester City move

Manchester City have paid the £57.1 million buy-out clause for Athletic Bilbao defender Aymeric Laporte, the Spanish club has confirmed.

The Mancunians hit the valuable defender's £57m release clause, which subsequently crushes their former club transfer record of £55m which acquired them the services of Kevin De Bruyne in 2015.

Weeks later, City ended up signing the second option on their list: John Stones.

The 23-year-old is seen as one of the best, young defenders on the continent and a player numerous European giants have been tracking for some time now.

Laporte was a target for Guardiola when he first made the move to Eastlands alongside the likes ofManchester United andBarcelona.

Laporte released a statement via his official Twitter account bidding farewell and thanks to Athletic Club.

Ziganda said, in quotes reported by Marca: "I took the decision (to leave him out)". You will know if it happens, if it doesn't, it won't happen.

A report claims that Aymeric Laporte completed a medical in Bilbao earlier this week and will head to Britain on Monday to finalise personal terms with Manchester City.

NewsBosses at the Etihad are understood to have told manager Pep Guardiola he will have £100m less to spend in the summer.

Guardiola has always been interested in Laporte, having failed to make a solid move during his team at Bayern Munich and previously, with Barcelona.

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