Man City ‘open talks over a deal for Bournemouth star Nathan Ake’ as Pep Guardiola looks to strengthen his defence ahead of next season’s title tilt… with Kalidou Koulibaly and David Alaba among SIX being considered
- Manchester City have been looking all over Europe for a left-sided centre back
- Officials have reportedly opened talks with Bournemouth over Nathan Ake
- The talented Dutchman has also attracted interest from his former club Chelsea
- City have also considered Milan Skriniar, Mykola Matviyenko and David Alaba
- They are yet to speak to Napoli about Kalidou Koulibaly, who is rated at £90m
Manchester City are in talks with Bournemouth over a deal to sign Nathan Ake when the transfer window reopens, according to The Athletic.
Pep Guardiola is desperate to strengthen his options at the back having lost Vincent Kompany last year and seen Liverpool run away with the title this season.
He also has concerns over John Stones and Nicolas Otamendi, while a serious injury to Aymeric Laporte coincided with a poor spell of form earlier in the campaign.
Manchester City have reportedly opened talks with Bournemouth over a deal for Nathan Ake
Pep Guardiola wants to strengthen his defence this summer after missing out on the title
Guardiola is determined to revamp his central defence, with Ake emerging as a realistic target after being watched by City scouts for more than six months.
The Athletic claim Guardiola monitored the Dutchman prior to the January transfer window but is now ready to make a move, with early talks having already been held.
It is unclear whether the buy-back clause Chelsea inserted in the £20million deal which took him to the Vitality Stadium in 2017 is still active, although the Blues are likely to be the only competition City would face for his signature.
City have been looking all over Europe for new left-sided central defenders as they attempt to close the gap on Liverpool next season.
It is claimed that recent talks centred around including Bayern Munich’s David Alaba in a deal for wantaway winger Leroy Sane, but the Bundesliga champions are unwilling to let the Austrian leave this summer.
Ake is likely to jump at the chance to join City following a difficult season with Bournemouth
City have spoken to Bayern Munich about David Alaba but the German club don’t want to sell
City are also said to have considered Inter Milan’s Milan Skriniar, Shakhtar Donetsk’s Mykola Matviyenko and Borussia Dortmund’s Dan-Axel Zagadou.
They remain keen on Napoli’s highly-rated defender Kalidou Koulibaly, who is valued at upwards of £90m and has also attracted interest from Manchester United.
However, City chiefs are yet to make contact with the Serie A side as they weigh up their options ahead of the delayed transfer window.
Ake is likely to cost more than £40m, although Bournemouth’s asking price may drop if they are relegated to the Championship.
City remain interested in Napoli defender Kalidou Koulibaly, who is rated at around £90m
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