Aymeric Laporte is the latest player to have joined the Premier League leaders Manchester City from Athletic Bilbao making him the most expensive player purchased by the club.
The 23-year-old Frenchman will also be able to make his Premier League debut against Burnley on the weekend and will also be able to feature in the Champions League for Pep Guardiola’s side as he has arrived at the Etihad this January. Laporte also becomes the club’s most expensive signing in British pounds, although Kevin De Bruyne cost the Citizens €76 million (£55 million), a figure higher in European currency when he arrived from German outfit VFL Wolfsburg.
The Citizens beat out the likes of Barcelona, Manchester United and even Real Madrid to the 23-year-old signature and there is a good chance that Laporte will directly fit into the squad and line up alongside John Stones.
Laporte- ‘Very Happy To Be Here’-
In his first statement as a City player, the highly rated defender said told the club’s website, “I am very happy to be here. 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.”
And Even City boss Pep Guardiola was delighted of his new arrival, more so because he could play instantly the Spanish manager said in a presser, “He is able to start right away. The Premier League is special in many senses but he is intelligent. It’s always tough for a new player but we will be patient. He’s played since a young age in La Liga so at a high level. He’s strong in the air and fast. He’s got good quality and we are delighted.”
Defensive reinforcements acquired! ???
— Manchester City (@ManCity) January 30, 2018
Laporte was on the verge of joining the Blue side of Manchester in the summer of 2016, but a breakdown in negotiations kept him at the Spanish side till 2020. However, City finally has their man.
Laporte was wanted by a host of top European club’s which means he definitely has the quality to improve a back-line. And City could now realistically target a quadruple this season as they have the strength and depth in their squad to win all the four trophies. Laporte will now strengthen the only weak department where City was exposed.