Manchester City have agreed a deal with Athletic Bilbao to sign defender Aymeric Laporte for £57m according to reports.
Manchester City are happy to break the defender’s release clause that’s set at £57m according to Sky Sports in Italy.
The new signing will surprisingly break the club’s transfer record which is still Kevin De Bruyne’s £55m fee in 2015.
Laporte, 23, has made 19 appearances for Athletic this season. He is regarded as one of the best and brightest young defender’s in world football.
The Frenchman was left out of the squad on Friday against Eibar which has fueled even more transfer speculation.
But Guardiola was coy when asked about signing the young defender.
“There were players in the past who we were interested in and we will be in the present and the future.
“I always try to do the best for the club; knowing the players that we have and knowing the players that can improve our squad.”
Manchester City have tried to sign him back in October 2016, but Laporte turned down the move,
Pep Guardiola reportedly wants to add another defender as he looks toward the Champions League while dominating the Premier League. Their current roster of centre-backs include Nicolas Otamendi, John Stones and Eliaquim Mangala.
Laporte would certainly have a real shot at taking a first team place at City given their current roster of centre-backs.
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