Manchester City plan to confirm the arrival of Aymeric Laporte from Athletic Bilbao on Tuesday after triggering his €65 million release clause.
Athletic have confirmed that Laporte’s clause was paid on Monday, meaning he is no longer affiliated with the club and is now free to join the Premier League leaders.
Laporte’s arrival at the Etihad is imminent as the 23-year-old has bid farewell to his boyhood club.
“So much to say with so few lines,” he said in a statement. “I want to thank everybody for what you have given me. I arrived as an adolescent and I have been formed here as a person and as a footballer.
“I don’t want my exit, ahead of a new challenge in my career, to be a ‘goodbye’, but rather a ‘see you soon’. I am leaving a unique club, I will never forget it. For all of that, thank you!”
The French centre-back is now expected to put pen to paper at City’s training ground in Manchester, with an official announcement scheduled for Tuesday.