Saturday, July 11, 2020

Manchester City to battle Chelsea for Ake

Manchester City are interested in signing Nathan Ake from Bournemouth in January, according to Sky Sports. They will, however, be forced to go head-to-head with Chelsea for his services, and the centre-back’s contract apparently puts the London club at a favorable position.

Having had him on loan for the first half f 2016/17, Bournemouth signed him from Chelsea on a permanent basis at the end of the season, but the Blues have had a buy-back clause inserted in the deal, which gives them the right of first refusal. It practically means that to get the deal over the line, City will have to pay an amount Chelsea aren’t willing to match.

Ake has arguably been the Cherries’ best player for a while now, and he would certainly come in handy at the Etihad with City boss Pep Guardiola seriously lacking options in the heart of defence. Aymeric Laporte has been out for a while, and John Stones, who has a history of minor niggles keeping him out, had to be replaced in the Manchester Derby on Saturday.

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Veselin Trajkovic


Vesko is a football writer that likes to observe the game for what it is, focusing on teams, players and their roles, formations, tactics, rather than stats. He follows the English Premier League closely, Liverpool FC in particular. His articles have been published on four different football blogs.

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