Manchester City are facing a big summer rebuild.
With the Premier League season now completed, Pep Guardiola's side only have the Champions League to challenge for before attention turns to the new campaign.
Given the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, City have a much smaller window in which to get themselves prepared for the new season which is due to start in September.
That means that making headway in the transfer market is of the utmost importance.
Thankfully it seems that Manchester City are set to make a major breakthrough.
According to reports from Sky Sports, a fee has been agreed with Bournemouth over a deal for Nathan Ake.
The 25-year-old is available after the Cherries suffered relegation following five years in the top flight.
With Man City targeting the Premier League title next term, it's essential that they target the best players in the world in order to close the gap on Liverpool - something that has led to questions over Ake's credentials at the highest level.
Of course the only way that he'll prove himself is by hitting the ground running should he complete a move to the Etihad Stadium, but the evidence suggests that he'll be just fine.
A video was published on Bournemouth's official YouTube channel of the Dutchman's best moments in the red and black of the Cherries.
This includes huge moments against the likes of Southampton, Chelsea, Manchester United, Tottenham Hotspur - as well as his potential new employers.
The highlights video can be seen below.
As well as being a robust defender, Ake has made his name as a surprise goalscorer too.
The defender has scored 11 goals and created six in his 111 appearances on the South Coast, representing a decent return for a defender in the lower echelons of the league.
GIVEMESPORT'S Phil Spencer says...
Should the move be completed, I think that this would be a decent deal for Manchester City.
Nathan Ake is an excellent all-round defender who is happy to get stuck in to the rough and tumble of the Premier League.
But as well as that, he's more than comfortable as a ball-playing defender.
It's that combination that makes him ideal for Pep Guardiola's side.
A fee of £41million is a comparatively modest fee in comparison to some of the major deals that have happened over the last 12 months.
At 25, Ake is yet to reach his peak years and that's something that could make this a very attractive deal for the Citizens.
The only question mark is over where the defender will play.
As a left-footed centre-back, it seems that he'll be competing with first choice defender Aymeric Laporte, which means his opportunities could be limited.
However I'm sure Pep Guardiola has a plan if he's sanctioned the deal to happen.
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