Guardiola's first signing sealed? Spanish press claim Aymeric Laporte may be Manchester City-bound

Athletic Bilbao defender Aymeric Laporte is reportedly signing for Manchester City this summer.

According to Spanish newspaper Sport, Athletic Bilbao defender Aymeric Laporte has agreed to join Manchester City at the end of the season, but a fee is still being worked on.

City will bring in the Pep Guardiola era this summer, with the Bayern Munich boss on his way to the Etihad Stadium to take over from current manager Manuel Pellegrini - and he will no doubt want to improve his defensive options upon his arrival at City.

Vincent Kompany has suffered another injury-hit season, Nicolas Otamendi has been inconsistent, Eliaquim Mangala continues to struggle in the Premier League and Martin Demichelis looks too old and too slow to be effective, meaning Guardiola may seek another centre back this summer.

Now, Spanish newspaper Sport claim that Guardiola is about to land his top target, with Athletic Bilbao's Aymeric Laporte reportedly on his way to the Etihad Stadium.

Laporte, 21, is one of the most highly-rated young defenders in world football having starred with Athletic, where he has already racked up almost 150 appearances.

Tipped for a call-up to the French national team sooner rather than later, Laporte is a strong, quick and technically gifted centre back who could be perfect for Guardiola's style of football - and Sport claim that Laporte has already agreed a deal in principle to sign for City this summer.

It's stated that City have yet to finalise the fee with Athletic, and if the worst comes to the worst, they will pay Laporte's €50m (£39.5m) release clause after Guardiola specifically asked City to sign Laporte this summer. The Spaniard may just get his wish, if reports are to be believed.

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