Manchester City have confirmed the signing of Aymeric Laporte, believed to be for a club-record fee of £57million. The centre-back arrives from Athletic Bilbao on a deal until 2023.
The club have announced he will wear the No.14 shirt at the Etihad. ‘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.’
Laporte’s arrival takes Pep Guardiola’s spending on defenders to nearly £200million with Kyle Walker, John Stones, Danilo and Benjamin Mendy having been signed by the Spaniard since his arrival in the summer of 2016. The fee paid for the 23-year-old beats the £55m paid for Kevin de Bruyne.
Txiki Begiristain, City’s director of football, said: ‘We are delighted to have signed Aymeric. ‘We have assessed defensive options and he is a player we have admired for a long time. ‘With his quality and ability to play out from the back, we feel Aymeric will fit in perfectly with Pep Guardiola’s playing style.’
Laporte arrives at a club currently 12 points clear at the top of the Premier League table.