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Aymeric Laporte set to join Man City in club-record transfer - sources

Don Hutchison and Alison Bender discuss how defender Aymeric Laporte would fit in if he signs for Manchester City.

Manchester City are set to complete their move for Athletic Bilbao defender Aymeric Laporte by triggering his release clause, sources have told ESPN FC.

However, sources in Spain added that Laporte remains in Bilbao at the moment and will only be allowed to undergo a medical with the Premier League leaders once his release clause is paid, something that is yet to happen.

The France under-21 international is expected to arrive in Manchester on either Monday or Tuesday for a medical before completing his move.

Laporte's buyout clause of £57 million will make him a club-record signing in pound sterling although the price of €65m is less than the €76m (£55m) paid to Wolfsburg for Kevin De Bruyne.

Marca reports that Laporte has undergone tests at a private clinic in Bilbao and will bid farewell to Athletic's staff before travelling to Manchester on Monday afternoon.

"Aymeric is in Bilbao and that [those reports] would only happen once the player deposits his buyout clause," an Athletic source told ESPN FC. "That has not happened yet. We don't know if this will happen today [Monday], tomorrow or the next day."

A youth product of Athletic, Laporte, who is under contract with the Basque outfit until June 2020, has started in 19 league games this season.

He was included in the squad for Friday's 1-1 draw at home to Eibar but did not feature with coach Jose Angel Ziganda saying after the game: "It was my decision. I spoke to Laporte before the game and I didn't see him in the best condition to play. He hadn't slept well. He's had a very busy week."

Athletic players have Monday off and resume training on Tuesday at 10:30 a.m. local time.

ESPN FC's Spain correspondent Adriana Garcia contributed to this report.

Jonathan is ESPN FC's Manchester City correspondent. Follow him on Twitter: @jonnysmiffy.


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