Athletic Club v Barcelona - Copa del Rey: Round of 16 First Leg
BILBAO, SPAIN - JANUARY 05: Luis Suarez of FC Barcelona duels for the ball with Aymeric Laporte of Athletic Club during the Copa del Rey Round of 16 first leg match between Athletic Club and FC Barcelona at San Mames Stadium on January 5, 2017 in Bilbao, Spain. (Photo by Juan Manuel Serrano Arce/Getty Images)

The Citizens have reached an agreement about the Athletic Bilbao defender, according to Sky Italy.

Manchester City are believed to be ready to pay Aymeric Laporte’s release clause of £57m, breaking the club’s transfer record of £54m paid for De Bruyne back in 2015.

Laporte was also left out of the group that played Eibar on Friday amid exit links and speculations. The Citizens boss, however, has refused to get involved in discussing the defender’s possible move to the Etihad Stadium. Yet, it appears that the two sides have finally reached a consensus and the highly-rated Frenchman will soon be part of the Premier League leaders.

When questioned about Laporte, Pep Guardiola responded:

– There were players in the past who we were interested in and we will be in the present and the future.

– I always try to do the best for the club; knowing the players that we have and knowing the players that can improve our squad.

Even though Laporte has already turned down an offer from the Citizens earlier in his career, it is almost certain that he will join them by the end of the January transfer window.