Athletic Club defender Aymeric Laporte has all but confirmed his impending transfer to Premier League side Manchester City, with the two sides agreeing on a £57m deal. 

Laporte, who has completed more successful long-range passes than all but one La Liga player this season (124), will sign a five-year contract with the club after City met the release clause in the player’s contract.

The move is expected to be completed by Wednesday, with the BBC reporting the 23-year-old will now travel to Manchester to complete his medical.

The French centre-back will join up with Pep Guardiola and his squad as they look to challenge for four trophies both domestically and in the Champions League.

Laporte released a statement via his official Twitter account bidding farewell and thanks to Athletic Club.

The statement read: “To all the Athletic family. I want to thank you for all you have given me. I arrived as a kid and I’ve grown here as a person and as a footballer.

“My exit, ahead of a new challenge in my professional career, I don’t want it be a goodbye, but a see you later. Here I am leaving a unique club, different and I will never forget you.”

The young defender has already played over 200 games for the Basque club in this time at San Mamés Stadium.

Born 27 May 1994, Laporte is exactly one day older than his soon-to-be new fellow City teammate John Stones.

When questioned on whether City will sign Laporte at a recent press conference, reports the Guardian, Guardiola said: “He’s a player for Bilbao. It’s the same as other players in the clubs, I didn’t speak about previous players. If it happens, it happens. If not, then it doesn’t.”

City, who also learned on Monday they have drawn Wigan Athletic in the fifth round of the FA Cup, next face West Brom on Wednesday at the Hawthorns.

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William Eldridge