Athletic Club Make History With Sales Of Aymeric Laporte And Kepa Arrizabalaga
Over the past five years Athletic have seen four players leave after other clubs agreed to pay their release clause. The Lions have now brought in €221 million from those sales, which may look fantastic, but the club have preferred to keep the players. That being said, the Basque giants have actually made history with their last two sales which shows just how successful the youth academy has been when it comes to developing players.
In January Athletic saw Aymeric Laporte leave for Manchester City after the English side paid his €65 million release clause. Kepa’s €80 million clause was then deposited by Chelsea just one day ago which made him the most expensive goalkeeper in football history. In total, the Lions have now sold two academy-grown players for over €50 million which no other club has ever done.
This piece of history is certainly something that Athletic won’t be happy about as they would have preferred to keep both players, but it does show that the club has worked hard to ensure that they get a substantial return if anyone does leave the San Mamés. It should also be seen as a point of praise for Lezama which has continued to produce incredible footballers over the years, many of which have made the decision to reject offers and stay at their boyhood club.
After losing Laporte the club was able to sign Iñigo Martinez as an immediate replacement and the team actually improved. This summer more of that money was used to bring in Yuri Berchiche which adds even more quality. As of right now there is no way of knowing how Athletic will use the €80 million they received for Kepa but, if history has proven anything, the Basques will continue to find success and defend the values they hold so dearly.