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Laporte pays buy-out clause ahead of record Man City move

Reuters , Monday 29 Jan 2018
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Athletic Bilbao's French defender Aymeric Laporte (Reuters)
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Athletic Bilbao defender Aymeric Laporte has paid his release fee clause ahead of a move to Manchester City, the Spanish club said on Monday.

Laporte, 23, had a 65 million-euro ($80 million) clause in his contract with the Basque side, which he activated ahead of joining Pep Guardiola's City for whom he will become a club record signing.

Spanish and British media reported that Laporte will be presented as a City player on Tuesday as the Premier League leaders bolster their back line by recruiting the France Under-21 player.

"Athletic thanks the player for what he gave during the time he was at our club," Bilbao said in a statement.

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