Manchester City has reportedly agreed to send around 41 million pounds (53 million dollars) for Bournemouth center back Nathan Ake. The move has yet to be finalized, and the players have yet to agree to a new contract with the Premier League giant, but it appears that he will not need to play for the newly relegated side next season.
Pep Guardiola’s side is packed to the brim with stellar talent, however they have had some issues with the back line ever since longtime Citizen Vincent Kompany left following the 2018-19 season. Signing the 25-year-old Dutchman could do a lot to sure up a side that’ll be vying for multiple trophies in the near future.
Starting his pro career for Chelsea in 2012, Ake didn’t find any sure footing until the 2016 season when he was sent over to Bournemouth. It was there under Eddie Howe that the Dutchman was finally allowed to play almost exclusively at center back, and he was quickly recognized as a defender on the rise. From 2016-19, he appeared in 121 matches for the Cherries and helped give them an unforgettable top 10 finish in his first season. His next season, 2017-18, he won the supporters’ player of the season award for the club.
Sadly, this departure is almost a sure thing at this point. After ensuring that they would be relegated out of the Premier League, many earmarked Ake as one of the first to eventually leave, along with left back Lloyd Kelly and midfielder David Brooks. All these moves will most assuredly disrupt and perhaps destroy the Cherries’ aspirations for a return to the Prem anytime soon.
Elsewhere, it appears that they’re also finishing up a move for Valencia midfielder/winger Ferran Torres for an initial fee of around 23 million euros (27.2 million dollars) that could balloon up to around 37 million (43.8 million dollars). It seems clear that Pep and the boys were anything but satisfied with their second place result in the Prem this season and are gearing to take the league by storm in the 2019-20 campaign.
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