Bournemouth's Nathan Ake 'Likely' To Sign For Manchester City In £40 Million Deal
Nathan Ake could be set for a move to Manchester City this summer, with fresh reports linking the Bournemouth centre-back to the treble-winners.
City appeared to have cooled their interest in Leicester City centre-back Harry Maguire after being put off by the Foxes £90 million valuation of the player.
And according to L'Equipe, the Premier League champions have identified Ake as a much cheaper alternative at £40 million.
Love Nathan Ake. Solid aerially, good on the ball and can play as an LB. Most importantly, he is left-footed. https://t.co/jzHO1iugYX- Otamendi fan (@pari_mcfc) July 2, 2019
L'Equipe saying Nathan Ake to Man City for £40m is on.- Scott Saunders (@_scottsaunders) July 2, 2019
That'd be them definitely out of the Maguire running... pic.twitter.com/zfEDtb3k5G
The versatile Dutchman, who is capable of playing at left-back and as a holding midfielder as well as his usual position in the heart of the backline, joined Bournemouth for £20 million last summer after he impressed on loan from Chelsea in 2016/17.
The former Watford loanee has been a permanent fixture in Eddie Howe's side and now has 117 Premier League appearances under his belt at the age of 24.
He has also worked his way into Ronald Koeman's plans for the Netherlands national team, making his debut against Morocco in 2017 and going on to make a further nine appearances.
Ake and the majority of Bournemouth's first-team squad returned to training yesterday and the man himself expressed his excitement about getting back to work.
"It was important to have a good break, relax and get our minds back at it and make sure we start well," Ake told the Daily Echo.
"I think last season pre-season went really well and we carried that on into the season and we want to do the same for sure.
"Pre-season is hard work, but it's also fun. It brings the team together.
"I'm looking forward to it. It will be good."
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