Aymeric Laporte joins Man City in club-record transfer from Athletic Bilbao

Manchester City have completed a club record deal for Athletic Bilbao defender Aymeric Laporte.

The 23-year-old has signed a contract until 2023 after the Premier League leaders paid his €65 million (£57m) release clause in full.

It makes him City’s most expensive signing in pound sterling, although the price in Euros is less than the €76m (£55m) paid to Wolfsburg for Kevin De Bruyne in 2015.

Laporte will be able to make his debut in the Premier League clash with Burnley on Saturday and is also eligible to be included in City’s Champions League squad.

“I am very happy to be here,” Laporte told City’s official website. “City are a club with a lot of ambition and they are one of the best teams in Europe.

“I am looking forward to working under Pep Guardiola and trying to help the club to achieve success.

“It means a lot that the club have shown faith in me and I am excited to get started.”

City director of football Txiki Begiristain added: “We are delighted to have signed Aymeric. We have assessed defensive options and he is a player we have admired for a long time.

“With his quality and ability to play out from the back, we feel Aymeric will fit in perfectly with Pep Guardiola’s playing style.”

The centre-back had been close to joining City in the summer of 2016 only to pull out of a deal at the last-minute and signed a new contract with the Basque club, which ran until June 2020.

City will also have to pay a further €5m for development rights because Laporte is a youth product of Athletic.

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