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Aymeric Laporte agrees Manchester City move?

Aymeric Laporte agrees Man City move?
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Aymeric Laporte reportedly agrees terms on a switch from Athletic Bilbao to Manchester City this month.

Athletic Bilbao defender Aymeric Laporte is said to have agreed terms on a move to Manchester City this month.

The 23-year-old has been heavily linked with a switch to the Etihad ever since Pep Guardiola took over as City boss in summer 2016, although the club refrained from tabling a formal offer.

The club lost out on another long-term defensive target, Virgil van Dijk, to Liverpool earlier this month when the Dutchman agreed a £75m move to Anfield, prompting Guardiola to reignite his interest in Laporte.

Yesterday it was claimed that City are willing to meet the Frenchman's £60m release clause and according to Marca, the player himself has now "reached the basis of an agreement" with the Premier League leaders.

The publication claims that Laporte will sign "a five-year contract" at the Etihad and the deal will be formally completed early next week.

The deal would make Laporte the second most expensive defender in history, behind only Van Dijk.


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TeamPWDLFAGDPTS
1Manchester CityMan City27212474205465
2Liverpool26205159154465
3Tottenham HotspurSpurs26200654252960
4Manchester UnitedMan Utd26156552351751
5Arsenal26155653371650
6Chelsea26155645291650
7Wolverhampton WanderersWolves2611693433139
8Watford2610793434037
9Everton2796123639-333
10West Ham UnitedWest Ham2696113239-733
11Bournemouth26103133747-1033
12Leicester CityLeicester2695123134-332
13Crystal Palace2676132734-727
14Brighton & Hove AlbionBrighton2676132839-1127
15Burnley2676132947-1827
16Newcastle UnitedNewcastle2667132234-1225
17Cardiff CityCardiff2674152447-2325
18Southampton2659122844-1624
19Fulham2645172558-3317
20Huddersfield TownHuddersfield2625191448-3411

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