Manchester City announce club-record signing of Aymeric Laporte from Athletic Bilbao for £57m

Laporte overtakes Kevin De Bruyne as the Citizens’ most-expensive arrival after his £57m release clause was triggered over the weekend.

The 23-year-old, who has yet to be capped by France at senior international level, has been handed a five-and-a-half-year contract at the Etihad Stadium and will sport the number 14 shirt.

City’s director of football Txiki Begiristain told the club’s official website: “We have assessed defensive options and he is a player we have admired for a long time.

“With his quality and ability to play out from the back, we feel Aymeric will fit in perfectly with Pep Guardiola’s playing style.”

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