Laporte's Transfer: Manchester City to Al-Nassr
Spanish center back Aymeric Laporte has concluded his time with Manchester City and officially transferred to Saudi Arabian club Al-Nassr, as confirmed by both teams on Thursday.
While specific financial terms remain undisclosed, reputable British sources indicate that Al-Nassr acquired Laporte for a transfer fee of approximately 27.5 million euros ($29.77 million). This transaction took place despite Laporte having two years remaining on his contract with Manchester City.
Laporte's move to Al-Nassr marks the sixth significant international signing by the club during this active transfer window. Other notable acquisitions include Sadio Mane, Marcelo Brozovic, Alex Telles, Seko Fofana, and Otavio. Notably, Al-Nassr had secured the services of Cristiano Ronaldo in the previous season.
Reflecting on his time at Manchester City, Laporte expressed his pride in representing the club for six seasons. He conveyed his enduring support for the team and eagerly anticipated reconnecting with the fans in the future.
Laporte's journey with Manchester City began in the winter transfer window of the 2017-18 season, when he was brought in from Athletic Bilbao. Over the years, he solidified his position as a key member of City's defensive lineup, amassing an impressive tally of 180 appearances across various competitions. During his tenure, he played a pivotal role in securing five Premier League titles, two FA Cups, three League Cups, and a Champions League victory.
However, his influence waned in the preceding season, as other defenders like Ruben Dias, Manuel Akanji, and Nathan Ake gained preference in the central defense. Laporte took to social media to bid farewell to the Manchester City faithful, expressing gratitude for their unwavering support.
While he had previously represented France in youth teams, Laporte made the notable decision to switch his allegiance to Spain in 2021. His performances earned him 22 caps for the Spanish national team.
In a parallel development, Manchester City also experienced the departure of Riyad Mahrez to the Saudi Pro League, where he joined Al-Ahli.
Yet, amidst these changes, Manchester City found solace in securing the continuation of Bernardo Silva. The Portuguese midfielder, who had been linked with a potential move to Paris St Germain, committed to the club by signing an extension that binds him to Manchester City until 2026.