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Manchester City 'will meet Aymeric Laporte release clause'

City 'will meet Laporte release clause'
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Manchester City are understood to be willing to meet Athletic Bilbao's £60m release clause for centre-back Aymeric Laporte.

Manchester City are understood to be willing to meet Athletic Bilbao's £60m release clause for centre-back Aymeric Laporte.

City boss Pep Guardiola, who is a long-time admirer of the 23-year-old, is looking to sign another defensive player, with Vincent Kompany unreliable through injury and Eliaquim Mangala failing to justify his £42m transfer fee.

According to The Sun, Guardiola is focused on Laporte as the ideal remedy to his problems at the back, and is prepared to spend big to secure the Frenchman's signature.

Laporte, who moved to Bilbao in 2010, made his senior debut two years later. The centre-back has made 27 appearances for the Spanish side this term, scoring one goal.

Chelsea, Barcelona and Paris Saint-Germain are also allegedly keen on Laporte as an option at the back.


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5Arsenal22125546321441
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11Wolverhampton WanderersWolves228592328-529
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13Brighton & Hove AlbionBrighton2275102430-626
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15Burnley2263132343-2021
16Southampton2247112339-1619
17Cardiff CityCardiff2254131941-2219
18Newcastle UnitedNewcastle2246121631-1518
19Fulham2235142049-2914
20Huddersfield TownHuddersfield2225151337-2411

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