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Reports: R959m Target Agrees To Join Man City

Reports: R959m Target Agrees To Join Manchester City

By David Kappel - Jan 24, 2018 05:49 PM @kappilinho

After losing out on Alexis Sanchez to Manchester United, Pep Guardiola is reportedly close to completing his first January signing, with a €65 million target understood to have "agreed" to join Manchester City.

Read: Reports: Pep To Beat Mourinho To R590m Signing

The Spaniard was close to signing Sanchez before Jose Mourinho's side hijacked the deal at the last minute. As a consequence, Guardiola is keen to push ahead with his other transfer targets in order to avoid a similar situation.

City are now reportedly ready to pay Aymeric Laporte's €65 million (R959 million) buyout clause after the defender "agreed" to join the Premier League leaders, according to Marca.

Guardiola wanted Laporte in 2016, when the player's release clause was set at €50 million (R738 million). However, the centre back decided to stay in LaLiga, agreeing a new contract, which included the €65 million buyout clause.

His current deal expires in 2020, but after July this year his release clause will rise to €70 million (R1.03 billion).

Guardiola is keen to wrap up the deal in this window in order to prevent any other team from snapping up the player like United did with Sanchez, who almost joined City on deadline day in August before making a switch to their crosstown rivals this week.

Read: De Bruyne Becomes City's Highest Paid Player

Laporte, who came through Bilbao's youth ranks, has made 222 appearances for Athletic since making his debut for the senior side in December 2012.

Do you think City need to sign another defender in this window? Have your say in the comments section below.


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MR E Joined: 17 Apr 2012
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MR E Jan 25, 2018 10:17 AM
City and united have been battling for a long time with players, but for me city for now the are making a good signing with laport!
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Love-downs Jan 24, 2018 09:32 PM
Big money yooooh
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Piratesfan Joined: 17 Jun 2010
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Piratesfan Jan 24, 2018 09:10 PM
@SolmanR , Give me numbers not opinions. Guardiola spends more than any manager. Jose has been in football a lot longer than Pep.
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SolmanR Jan 24, 2018 08:09 PM
Piratesfan Jose Mourinho Spend More Than Gardiola Moss
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Piratesfan Joined: 17 Jun 2010
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Piratesfan Jan 24, 2018 06:58 PM
This Pep guy is nothing without excessive spending. Has spent more than £400m on an already strong Man City team.
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Faysal Jan 24, 2018 06:27 PM
Good deal
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Boris Becker Jan 24, 2018 06:21 PM
Ok

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