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Done Deal: Manchester City Complete Club-Record Signing Of Aymeric Laporte

BILBAO, SPAIN - SEPTEMBER 10: Aymeric Laporte of Athletic Club reacts during the La Liga match between Athletic Club and Girona at San Mames Stadium on September 10, 2017 in Bilbao, Spain. (Photo by Juan Manuel Serrano Arce/Getty Images)

Manchester City have broken their transfer record to complete the signing of Athletic Bilbao defender Aymeric Laporte.

The former French U21 international defender becomes the latest member of Pep Guardiola’s Premier League leaders, having signed for the club in a £57m deal.

Laporte had been a long-term target for Guardiola ever since the Spaniard arrived at the Etihad in 2016. There had been rumours of a £38m deal for the 23-year-old before he suffered a serious ankle injury meant that Man City’s interest was shelved at the time.

Guardiola had been eager to add extra defensive reinforcements this month as his side compete on multiple fronts. Issues regarding the sustained fitness and general ability of Eliaquim Mangala had left Guardiola seeking greater competition for John Stones and Nicolas Otamendi.

GETAFE, SPAIN - JANUARY 19: Aymeric Laporte of Athletic Club de Bilbao in action during the La Liga 2017-18 match between Getafe CF and Athletic Club de Bilbao at Coliseum Alfonso Perez on 19 January 2018 in Getafe, Spain. (Photo by Power Sport Images/Getty Images)

Laporte’s signing, coupled with those of Kyle Walker, Danilo and Benjamin Mendy, has meant that Man City have now spent almost £200m on defenders since last summer – a figure that is surpassed when the signing of goalkeeper Ederson Moraes is taken into account.

It’s unclear at this time as to whether Laporte’s registration had been completed in order for the centre-back to make his Man City debut in Wednesday night’s Premier League clash with West Brom.

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