Aymeric Laporte will have a medical to join Manchester City on Monday, according to reliable Bilbao newspaper El Correo.
It’s explained sources at the Basque club have revealed Manchester City will deposit the €65m clause on Monday, which will complete Laporte’s move to the Premier League.
Pep Guardiola’s transfer team sent lawyers to Bilbao on Wednesday and since then they’ve been working to close the deal.
It was expected the clause would be paid sooner, but the technicalities have proved a delaying mechanism and it’s just a short delay to Monday.
El Correo say Laporte won’t play tonight against Eibar, although it’s not clear if he’ll be completely withdrawn from the squad or will simply have a watching brief from the bench.
The Basque newspaper again say the transfer is costing Manchester City a total of €150m when the player’s contract is taken into account on top of the €65m transfer fee.
As we pointed a couple of days ago, El Correo believe Laporte will be getting €7m after tax and worked it all out on a six year contract.
To get anywhere near €150m, tax would have to be 50% and it’s no secret football has creative accounting expertise which means that rarely happens.