Aymeric Laporte became the second most expensive defender in history in the wake of completing a £57million move from Athletic Bilbao to Manchester City, signing a deal until 2023.
On Monday, Basque club Athletic Bilbao posted a goodbye message from Laporte on the Twitter channel, saying his €65million ($80 million) release proviso had been paid, before he flew out to Manchester to undergo a medical with the Premier League leaders.
Defensive reinforcements acquired! 💪🇫🇷
— Manchester City (@ManCity) January 30, 2018
A week ago, when asked some information about their quest for Laporte, Pep Guardiola stayed demure and declined to give anything without end, but he has finally signed Laporte in the wake of making the Spanish club to go separate ways with the player, who had already turned down a move to the Etihad in October 2016.
Following a six-year spell in Bilbao, the France Under-21 has gathered his luggage after Manchester City paid his £57million release clause, breaking the club’s past transfer record of £55m that they paid for Kevin De Bruyne from Wolfsburg in 2015.
The 23-year-old also becomes the second most expensive defender in history behind Virgil Van Dijk, who cost Liverpool £75 million from Southampton prior this month.
This means Guardiola has spent more than £200 million basically on strengthening his defence by the acquisitions of Benjamin Mendy (£52m), John Stones (£47.5m) and Kyle Walker (£45m).