Report: Aymeric Laporte agrees to join Manchester City

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Manchester City have been linked with Aymeric Laporte.

According to GianlucaDiMarzio, Aymeric Laporte has agreed to join Manchester City this summer.

The report claims that the Athletic Bilbao ace has already given his answer to join Pep Guardiola at City, and now the club are working on paying his £40 million release clause to acquire him this summer.

City have struggle at the back this season, with Nicolas Otamendi and Eliaquim Mangala unable to adequately replace skipper Vincent Kompany who has spent much of the campaign injured.

Guardiola’s arrival at the Etihad Stadium is likely to spark a number of exits, and the centre-back area is certainly a position the Spaniard will want to strengthen.

Laporte, 21, came through the Bilbao youth ranks and has impressed immensely upon breaking in to the first-team squad, proving his worth both in La Liga and in Europe.

The talented defender is widely regarded in Spain as one of the most comfortable in possession, and he is exactly the type of player which Guardiola will need to build attacks at the Etihad Stadium.

While the fee may seem excessive, the Basque club aren't willing to sell him below his release clause.

Laporte has been a mainstay in the Bilbao first-team this season, making 26 top-flight appearances and averaging 2.7 interceptions and 3.5 effective clearances per league encounter.

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