Manchester City have taken to their official website to announce the signing of Aymeric Laporte from the La Lia Athletic Bilbao for club record fee of £57 million.
The 23-year-old have been reported to have signed a five-year contract with the Citizens and will be set to be the second most expensive defender in all Europe behind Liverpool’s new signing Virgil Van Dijk, who was sold for a fee believed to be around £75 million early this winter.
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Citizens has been formerly and heavily linked with the defender in the summer of 2016, and was reported to have been close to signing the 23-year-old but Laporte had preferred to stay at Athletic at the time.
City’s first defeat of the Premier League to Liverpool and Leroy Sane latest injury must have pushed Pep Guardiola to focus on bringing in a new defender.
The Manchester club has proved to have one of the best defence in both the Premier League and in all Europe, which was the only thing Guardiola focused on in last year’s summer. Recruiting Fabian Delph, Kyle Walker, and Danilo and Goalkeeper Ederson, who has proved to be a better upgrade to Claudio Bravo. Having previously signing John Stones in the summer before that, with Mangala not displaying in his best form and Vincent Kompany not trusted after several flaws.
Laporte seems like a player that won’t be needing time to adapt to life in the Premier League as he fits Guardiola playing style, plus he will bring some squad rotating to the team as they seem not be lacking defenders at the moment.
Its no doubt that Manchester City will be taking home the Premier League, which will make the 23-year-old manage some appearances for the team before the season finally ends.
Laporte said to City’s website:
“I am very happy to be here. City are a club with a lot of ambition and they are one of the best teams in Europe.
“I am looking forward to working under Pep Guardiola and trying to help the club to achieve success.
“It means a lot that the club have shown faith in me and I am excited to get started.”
Pep Guardiola’s team will be returning to the Premier League on Wednesday against West Brom, which they will be expected maintain their lead in the League.
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