Pep Guardiola weighs up £40m bid for Bournemouth star Nathan Ake as Manchester City join United and Tottenham in race for defender
- Nathan Ake has been performing superbly well for Bournemouth this season
- Manchester United and Tottenham are both interested in signing centre back
- Manchester City are considering entering race and could part with £40million
- The Holland international would boost City’s home-grown quota if they sign him
Manchester City are considering a bid of £40million for Bournemouth centre back Nathan Ake in January.
Pep Guardiola is an admirer of the versatile Dutchman and the Premier League champions are ready to rival Manchester United and Tottenham for his signature.
A selling point for City is that Ake would bolster their home-grown quota as he started his career in Chelsea’s academy.
Manchester City are keen on Nathan Ake and could pay £40million for him in January
Pep Guardiola is an admirer of the Bournemouth central defender who is playing superbly
A number of top Premier League sides are keen on the 23-year-old and he’s started the season impressively.
On Saturday he helped the Cherries keep a clean sheet in their 0-0 stalemate against Southampton.
Chelsea have first refusal of the central defender and would have to pay £40m to bring him back to Stamford Bridge.
And it hasn’t escaped Ake that his performances are drawing attention but as you might expect, he is concentrating on what he can do for Eddie Howe’s side.
Manchester United and Tottenham are also interested in the Netherlands international
‘At the moment I play at Bournemouth and that is going very well, so I focus on that,’ he said recently.
City are well stocked in the centre-back department with Vincent Kompany, Nicolas Otamendi, John Stones, Aymeric Laporte and Eliaquim Mangala vying for a first-team role.
But Ake’s stock is rising rapidly and it is thought he would compete for a place in the line-up straight away if City pull the trigger on a move in January.
Ake played for Eddie Howe’s side in their goalless draw against Southampton on Saturday
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