Manchester City made a £41 million offer for Nathan Ake to Bournemouth. The initial offer was accepted and the deal is to be finalized by the weekend. The transfer fee for the 25-year-old Dutch defender is a record sale for Bournemouth. The Cherries were relegated to the championship on Sunday.
Talks over the centre back between the clubs began before the end of the Premier League season. As a result, it was expected he would depart from Bournemouth this summer. This came as a shocker to many. This is because Ole Gunnar, Manchester United’s Head Coach, was seen speaking to him in length after their second leg match against United. It seemed he was interested in buying the player but too bad he is headed to the Blue Side of Manchester.
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In the 2019/20 EPL season, Nathan Ake made 29 appearances for the Cherries. In those 29 appearances he netted two goals, and made two assists. Moreover, he kept four clean sheets averaging 1.1 tackles per game. The four out of 29 clean sheets is a poor record for a defender. However, people may argue that the performance is dependent on other team mates.
This signing was criticized on social media. Nevertheless, pundits say he will definitely strengthen Manchester City’s defense and improve squad depth. A rival fan said, “£41 million is too much for a relegated defender who has conceded 65 goals typical Pep”. Hopefully, Nathan Ake will help Manchester City to achieve more clean sheets next season. Can’t wait to see him in a sky blue shirt. Manchester City are also linked to a close signing of Spanish right Winger, Ferran Torres, from Valencia.
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