Man United to TRIGGER £32m release clause for Athletic Bilbao defender

Manchester United are in pole position to sign Aymeric Laporte from Athletic Bilbao after it is said the club are set to trigger his £32million release clause in January, Metro reports.

Arsenal were also believed to have lined up a bid in order to secure his services in the January window, but it looks as though Louis van Gaal may have overtaken his Premier League rivals in the chase for the 20-year-old centre-back.

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Laporte is currently tipped as one of the most promising young defenders in football and has been on the radar of a host of European elites willing to splash the cash for the young star.

Van Gaal looks to beat all other contenders to his signature because it is assumed that the French U-21 starlet is a United fan, a huge factor in giving the Red Devils and edge over their competitors.


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