Premier League runaway leaders, Manchester are set to complete the signing of Athletic Bilbao defender Aymeric Laporte.
The Citizens view Laporte, 23, as a better option in the long run and decided against a move for West Brom’s Jonny Evans, despite his obvious Premier League experience and set to trigger the player’s release clause.
According to latest reports in The Times, city have agreed to pay the £56.7 million release clause inserted in the French defenders contract and the players who was a major target of city’s cross town rivals Man United a few seasons ago is very keen on the move as he feels a move to England is the next step in his career.
The player’s Spanish club, Bilbao, are resigned to losing their star defender and are lining up possible replacements with Nacho Monreal of Arsenal very high on their list.
Laporte is a central defender but he is also very capable at left-back. He has represented Le Bleu at U17, U19 and U21 levels and although he harboured ambitions of playing for the Spanish national team for a time, he has pledged his allegiance to France.
He is expected to improve City’s defence which is dangerously understaffed with Nicolas Otamendi, at times the only fit centre-back available.
Their decision to pull out of the Jonny Evans apparently gives Arsenal free rein to get the Northern Ireland international.