Manchester City are said to be close to triggering the €65m release clause of Athletic Bilbao defender Aymeric Laporte.
The former France Under-21 defender has a release clause of €65m which reportedly increases to €75m next summer, with his current deal at the Basque giants running until 2020.
A report by Cadena Ser’s Bruno Alemany states the English Premier League leaders have decided to activate the clause this month before it increases in July.
Laporte has made 222 first-team appearances at San Mames but with the emergence of central defenders Unai Nunez and Yeray Alvarez, his significance may perhaps become diminished.
Barcelona were previously linked to the 23-year-old central defender before their agreement for Yerry Mina.