Laporte pays buy-out clause ahead of record Manchester City move


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Athletic Bilbao defender Aymeric Laporte has paid his release fee clause ahead of a move to English Premier League leaders Manchester City, the Spanish club said on Monday.

The 23-year-old Laporte had a 65 million-euro (57 million pounds) clause in his contract with the Basque side.

He has now activated this ahead of joining Pep Guardiola’s City for whom he will become a club record signing.

Spanish and British media reported that Laporte will be presented as a Manchester City player on Tuesday as they bolster their back line by recruiting the France Under-21 player.

“Athletic thanks the player for what he gave during the time he was at our club,” Bilbao said in a statement.

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