The Guardian claim that rumoured Tottenham Hotspur target, Nathan Ake could be on his way to Manchester City in a deal worth around £35million when the transfer window opens this summer.
Bournemouth seem destined for the drop heading into the final game of the season as they need to win away at Everton and need both Aston Villa and Watford to lose in order to retain their Premier League status.
Football Insider claimed at the end of last month that although Ake has been on Tottenham’s radar for some time, the North Londoners were unlikely to move for him this summer as they had been put off by the Cherries’ £40million asking price.
The Guardian now claims that the former Chelsea defender is City-bound with Pep Guardiola’s side having stepped up their interest in the defender.
It is claimed that City have identified Ake as the man to bolster their defensive options ahead of next season and will complete a deal to bring him to the Etihad Stadium.
Despite the Dutch international being contracted with Bournemouth until 2022, it is said that Eddie Howe’s side are resigned to Ake leaving in the summer if they drop down to the Championship.
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Ake will be the perfect replacement for Jan Vertonghen as he will be able to cover at both left-back as well as centre-back. However, I can understand why Spurs would not want to pay in the region of £35m-£40m for someone who likely will not be a regular starter for us.
I suspect we might go for a young, upcoming defender like Kim Min-Jae, who would not require as much investment and can be eased into the first-team more slowly.
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