Nathan Ake agrees personal terms with Manchester City as Chelsea decide NOT to match their £41m offer with Frank Lampard not considering the Bournemouth defender to be an upgrade on his current leaky back line
- Bournemouth defender Nathan Ake is closing in on a move to Manchester City
- Pep Guardiola has been desperate to add to his defensive resources at City
- City completed first deal of the summer by sealing £37m move for Ferran Torres
Nathan Ake has reportedly agreed personal terms with Manchester City ahead of a £41million move from Bournemouth.
Pep Guardiola is closing in on his man after targeting the Dutch centre-back as a top target to add to his defensive resources.
And the path has cleared for the City boss after Chelsea decided not to exercise their option to match the offer for their former player, according to talkSPORT.
Manchester City are closing in on a £41million move for Bournemouth defender Nathan Ake
Chelsea had a buy-back clause on the Holland defender but will not be activating it
It is understood that, for the sum of money involved, Lampard does not consider Ake as enough of an upgrade to a Chelsea defence that needs reinforcements.
Ake would be City’s second signing of the summer already after a £37m deal for Valencia winger Ferran Torres was confirmed on Tuesday.
Torres is regarded as one of the most exciting wingers in Europe and was a highlight in Valencia’s otherwise disappointing LaLiga campaign.
Real Madrid, Borussia Dortmund, Atletico Madrid and Juventus had all retained interest in signing Torres, who had signalled his intention to leave the Mestalla.
Ake could be one of four new faces to arrive at the Etihad summer in the coming weeks as Guardiola plots how to overhaul champions Liverpool.
Pep Guardiola has targeted the Dutch centre-back as he attempts to overhaul his defence
Frank Lampard will not be entering the bidding war as Chelsea decided not to match their offer
Napoli’s Kalidou Koulibaly remains another target in the central defensive area.
Guardiola is seeking a reliable defensive partner for first-choice Aymeric Laporte.
City are back in Champions League action on Friday for their last-16 second-leg against Real Madrid.