Arsenal and United defender target will now cost €40m not €36m

Athletic Bilbao

Aymeric Laporte's new deal has seen an increase in his release clause at Athletic Bilbao.

He first emerged as a transfer target back in January and this summer his name came back regarding apparent interest from Arsenal and Manchester United. The player in question is Atheltic Bilbao defender Aymeric Laporte.

The young Frenchman was coming off the back of an exceptional season with the Basque side - which saw them finish fourth and qualify for the Champions League as a consequence. Laporte was very much at the centre of their excellent campaign, which did not go unnoticed.

United need new quality central defensive options, while a talented young Frenchman will always catch the eye of Monsieur Wenger. Barcelona looked the main rivals for his signature while Bayern Munich were also keen - so this is certainly a player of substantial talent.

It was also helpful he had an affordable release clause of €36 million in his deal at the San Mames.

However he made it clear last week that he did not plan on a summer exit:

"Am I going to leave this summer? No, I am happy at Bilbao. I have a €36million release clause and if one day a departure could become possible, I would think about it. Would it be a disappointment to stay at Athletic? Not at all. I will remain in a great team, playing in one of the best leagues in the world."

He then made his intentions very clear after these comments, by putting pen to paper on a contract revision at the club on Friday.

So all hope lost on the Laporte front?

Not necessarily. He has agreed a new deal, but it still involves and exit clause. His new deal will see him be allowed to discuss a move away if a team makes a bid of €40 million this summer - a €4 million increase that is certainly worth paying.

So when it comes to interest in Laporte, the worry is still the same, getting him to want a move - as Bilbao are helpless if that release clause is met.

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