Manchester City have officially confirmed the signing of Aymeric Laporte from Athletic Club, who is delighted to have joined the Premier League leaders.
City boss Pep Guardiola has been keen to improve his defensive options ahead of what looks to be a successful Premier League title and potential Champions League run.
The English side sit comfortably at the top of the La Liga standings but Guardiola was adamant to add strength and depth in his options, having relied heavily on John Stones and Nicolas Otamendi this season so far.
It is understood that after tentative talks and contact between the two clubs over Laporte’s transfer fee; the English club have completed a move, triggering his release clause, set in the region of £60m.
Upon his arrival, Laporte has discussed his happiness at joining the Citizens.
“I am very happy to be here,” Laporte declared. “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.”
Athletic Club have been busy of late, renewing a number of players’ contracts, including young keeper Kepa Arrizabalaga, who was close to joining Real Madrid earlier this month after having a medical but they must now focus in bringing in a player to replace Laporte.
Laporte’s arrival could seal the futures of both Eliaquim Mangala and Vincent Kompany, who have both struggled on occasion this season.
Guardiola has long been interested in Laporte, having failed to make a solid move during his team at Bayern Munich and previously, with Barcelona.