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Bournemouth's Nathan Ake 'Likely' To Sign For Manchester City In £40 Million Deal

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.

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And according to L'Equipe, the Premier League champions have identified Ake as a much cheaper alternative at £40 million.



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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.

Image: PA
Image: PA

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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Topics: Manchester City, Harry Maguire, Watford, Football News, Football, Pep Guardiola, Premier League, AFC Bournemouth, bournemouth

Josh Lawless

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