NEWS
Saturday August 31 2019
Samuel Umtiti replaces Aymeric Laporte in France squad

FC Barcelona defender Samuel Umtiti will replace Manchester City's Aymeric Laporte in the France squad.

Umtiti was originally omitted from Didier Deschamps squad to face Albania and Andorra in EURO 2020 qualification, however he has now called up the former Lyon man following an injury to Laporte.

NEWS
Saturday December 15 2018
Manchester City's Aymeric Laporte: Door closed on Spain, but...

Aymeric Laporte insists ‘playing for Spain is out of the question’ but claims France boss Didier Deschamps is excluding him ‘for personal reasons’.

Laporte became Manchester City’s club-record signing when he joined them from Athletic Bilbao in a €57m deal midway through last season, but the defender has yet to represent France at senior level and was previously linked with a switch to Spain.

“The Coach isn’t picking me for personal reasons, but I have to respect that,” he told EITB.

BLOG ESPANA
Monday February 12 2018
Inigo deal Athletic’s best yet

Athletic Bilbao may have lost Aymeric Laporte, but as Asif Norat explains, they have upgraded by replacing the Frenchman with Inigo Martinez.

Athletic Bilbao aren’t normally active in the transfer market, yet they pulled off the best deal they possibly could after selling Aymeric Laporte to Premier League giants Manchester City, bringing in Inigo Martinez from arch-rivals Real Sociedad.

Compared to the other teams in La Liga, Athletic are truly in a League of their own due to their unique youth academy and policy of only selecting individuals that are native to the Basque Country. Generally speaking, the player must have a concrete heritage in the area but don’t necessarily need to be born there.

NEWS
Tuesday January 30 2018
OFFICIAL: Laporte joins Man City

Manchester City have completed the signing of Athletic Bilbao defender Aymeric Laporte on a club record fee, it has been confirmed.

The English Premier League leaders triggered the defender’s €65m (£57m) release clause at the San Mames, with a further €5m paid in development rights.

The 23-year-old has signed a five-and-a-half year deal at the Etihad Stadium and will be available for selection immediately.

NEWS
Tuesday January 30 2018
Athletic: Laporte release clause paid

Athletic Bilbao have confirmed Aymeric Laporte’s €65m release clause has been paid in full ahead of his move to Manchester City.

The English league leaders will pay a total of €70m for the 23-year-old – including a development fee – and is set to become the club’s most expensive ever transfer signing.

NEWS
Monday January 29 2018
Laporte to join City on Monday

Manchester City will complete their club record move for Athletic Bilbao defender Aymeric Laporte on Monday, say multiple reports.

The 23-year-old defender has a €65m release clause at San Mames while City will be required to pay a further €5m due to the Basque club’s development rights for the player.

BBC, ESPN and Marca are among the publications to state the move will go through imminently, and probably on Monday, after the defender told the Basque club he had agreed a deal to leave.

NEWS
Friday January 26 2018
Laporte to sit out Athletic game

Aymeric Laporte is set to sit out Athletic Bilbao’s clash with Eibar on Friday night as his move to Manchester City edges closer, say reports.

The 23-year-old has a €65m release clause at the San Mames and will exit the Basque giants in a €70m deal overall, due to development rights also owed to the club.

Reports emerging from Bilbao on Friday, led by Onda Cero, state the defender has told the club he wishes to leave and he will be excluded from the matchday squad on Friday.

NEWS
Thursday January 25 2018
Report: Laporte to City this weekend

Manchester City will pay Aymeric Laporte’s €65m release clause at Athletic Bilbao on Friday or Monday, say reports in the Spanish press.

The 23-year-old defender has a €65m release clause at San Mames while Diario AS lead reports stating City will pay a further €5m will be included due to the Basque club’s development rights for the player.

Cadena Cope report he confirmed his willingness to move to the English Premier League leaders last Friday, before telling the Basque club on Sunday that he had his heart set on leaving.

NEWS
Wednesday January 24 2018
City set for €70m Laporte

Athletic Bilbao defender Aymeric Laporte is set to complete a move to Manchester City this week in a deal totalling €70m, say numerous reports.

The 23-year-old defender has a €65m release clause at San Mames while Diario AS say a further €5m will be included due to the Basque club’s development rights for the player.

NEWS
Tuesday January 23 2018
Laporte a €65m City target

Manchester City are ready to trigger the €65m release clause of Athletic Bilbao defender Aymeric Laporte, say reports in Spain.

The former France Under-21 defender’s release clause is reportedly set to increase to €75m next summer, with his current deal at the Basque giants running until 2020.

A report in El Mundo Deportivo on Tuesday follows up on Cadena Ser stating the English Premier League leaders have decided to activate the clause this month before it increases in July.

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