Manchester City have signed French defender Aymeric Laporte from Athletic Bilbao for a club record fee of £57 million.
The fee for Laporte, yet to win a cap for France, takes spending by Premier League clubs to £252 million this month – a record for a January transfer window.
And the 23-year-old’s arrival takes City’s spending on defenders since the end of last season to £190 million.
The club’s previous record fee was the £55 million paid to Wolfsburg for Belgium midfielder Kevin de Bruyne in 2015. The centre-back has played 19 times for France at Under-21 level.
“I am looking forward to working under manager Pep Guardiola and trying to help the club to achieve success,” he told the City website.
“It means a lot that the club have shown faith in me and I am excited to get started.”
Injury concern over skipper Vincent Kompany and uncertainty over the reliability of Eliaquim Mangala led Guardiola to believe he required another central defender in addition to current first choices John Stones and Nicolas Otamendi.
The biggest fee so far is the £75 million Liverpool paid to Southampton for Netherlands centre-back Virgil van Dijk – a world record for a defender.
Author: Sports Reporter