Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

He's ON HIS Way!

Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

He's ON HIS Way!

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CITY have paid the buy-out clause for defender Aymeric Laporte and he has issued a farewell message to Athletic Bilbao.

The 23-year-old was expected to fly to Manchester by private jet last night to compete the formalities after having a medical in Spain at the weekend, with an announcement expected today.

The Blues sent a delegation to La Liga offices in Madrid yesterday morning to deposit the necessary documentation and trigger the deal, believed to be costing the Blues a record £57m, with a possible £4m in training fees to add.

Athletic confirmed La Liga had notified them the clause had been met after Laporte notified them that he wished to leave.

The statement read: "On January 29, 2018, La Liga has certified that the player Aymeric Laporte has fulfilled the requirements for the valid unilateral resolution of the work contract that linked him to Athletic Club. …

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