Report: Man City have issues in their bid to sign £40m Spurs target

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Dom Le Roy

Nathan Ake is regarded by many as one of the brightest defensive talents currently plying their trade in the Premier League.

The Bournemouth central defender is said to have caught the eye of Tottenham Hotspur who view Ake as a potential long term replacement for Jan Vertonghen (Daily Star).

The 32-year-old Belgian has just twelve months to run on his contract in North London which is a similar timeframe to his compatriot Toby Alderweireld.

Spurs could now face competition from Manchester City in the race to sign Ake, however the Etihad outfit have the dilemma of having too many foreign players within their ranks (Mirror).

Premier League rules stipulate that each squad contains no more than 17 players who do not fulfil the “Home Grown Player” (HGP) criteria while the rest of the squad, up to a total of 25 players, must be “Home Grown” (Premier League).

City have 18 non-homegrown players in their squad and are attracted to Ake who qualifies as Home Grown, despite being a Dutch international due to the time he spent at the Chelsea academy.

Pep Guardiola’s side are now mulling over whether to launch a £40million offer for 24-year-old which will mean that Spurs will need to make a decision one way or another if they are serious about their interest in him.


Ake is certainly a player who can play in the top flight for the next eight or so years, however, I would much prefer to keep Alderweireld and Vertonghen at the club.

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  1. Every Spurs Supporter would love to keep Verts and Toby maybe even clone them every few years but unfortunately age catches up with us all. When age catches up with sports professionals they start to lose pace, energy and become more prone to injuries and with the premier league being a very competitive and fast paced league even if a player loses a split second in decision making or pace it shows and can be detrimental to a players confidence, but for it to happen to a defender that could cost the whole team. To me this should be Vertonghen’s last season and even with that he should now be the back up to Sanchez and Toby pairing. I know it will hurt to see us lining up without the Toby and Verts pairing not it the team but I think Vertonghen should leave at the end of the season with no contract, and get that last big signing on fee and contract over with Dembele in China. I love the guy but it would be best all round. COYS!


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