Nathan Ake to Man City: Man United boss Solskjaer's 'tapping up' of defender was in vain


Pep Guardiola is set to bolster his defence by completing a move for Bournemouth centre-back Nathan Ake.

According to BBC Sport, the Cherries have accepted a £40 million bid from Manchester City for the 25-year-old, with an additional £1m in add-ons as part of the deal.

Man City's defence was their weakness in 2019/20, with the club failing to properly replace Vincent Kompany.

They also weren't helped by injuries, with Aymeric Laporte and John Stones both spending time on the sidelines. 


So a move for Ake, who was one of Bournemouth's standout performers this season, makes sense.

Although not everyone is convinced by the move, with Sky Sports pundit Jamie Carragher suggesting Ake being left-footed might cause problems for City.

After it was reported that Bournemouth had accepted Man City's bid, Carragher tweeted: "I like Nathan Ake & I think he will suit Man City, but with Laporte a guaranteed starter I’m not convinced two left footed centre backs works?

"I know right footed players play together but it never feels right the other way round to me! Left back or a Back 3"

However, one man who had no concerns about signing a left-footed centre-back was Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.

Indeed, after Man United's 5-2 win over Bournemouth at the start of the month, Solskjaer told Ake that he wanted a left-footed defender and to "just keep going".

Unfortunately for Solskjaer, his attempts to lure Ake to Old Trafford were in vain.

And fans are now laughing at Solskjaer's pull power.

The Netherlands international is now set to become Solskjaer's rival.


Man United's interest in signing Ake had been widely reported.

ESPN listed him as one of the three centre-backs "in the frame", along with Aston Villa's Tyrone Mings and Milan's Alessio Romagnoli.

But Man City acted quickest and are now poised to announce Ake's arrival.

According to the Daily Mail, he will sign a five-year contract at the Etihad Stadium with a major pay increase on his current £40,000-per-week deal.

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