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Report: Manchester City, Athletic Bilbao agree transfer deal for Aymeric Laporte

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One of the biggest transfer targets of the market is coming to Manchester City.

According to a report from Basque Country media, the Citizens have agreed to pay a €50 release clause to sign Athletic Bilbao defender Aymeric Laporte, who is set to move to England this summer and sign a five-year contract with the Sky Blues.

Laporte is one of the most talented and promising central defenders in world football today, and for the last few years the young Frenchman has been linked with moves to plenty of European giants. He was awfully close to joining Bayern Munich last season, but in the last minute he decided to stay with Bilbao to gain more experience.

Barcelona was also rumored to be going after Laporte, but one incident made the Catalans change their mind: Laporte broke his leg during international duty last month, and will not return to the pitch until late August. Barça would rather sign a healthy player to train and play in their preseason from the start and decided not to pursue Laporte, leaving the door open for City.

Laporte's signing was a request from Pep Guardiola, who wants two new defenders in his squad for next season. The Citizens have already agreed to sign Everton prospect John Stones, and if Laporte's deal is indeed finalized, Guardiola will have to great youngsters to develop in his new club.