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Take a look at Bournemouth defender Nathan Ake’s statistics from his 2019/20 Premier League season

Take a look at Bournemouth defender Nathan Ake’s statistics from his 2019/20 Premier League season

Manchester City have had a £41m offer for defender Nathan Ake accepted by Bournemouth.

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Bournemouth (listen) is a coastal resort town on the south coast of England. At the 2011 census, the town had a population of 183,491, making it the largest in the administrative county of Dorset. With Poole to the west and Christchurch in the east, Bournemouth is part of the South East Dorset conurbation, which has a population of 465,000.
Before it was founded in 1810 by Lewis Tregonwell, the area was a deserted heathland occasionally visited by fishermen and smugglers. Initially marketed as a health resort, the town received a boost when it appeared in Augustus Granville’s 1841 book, The Spas of England. Bournemouth’s growth accelerated with the arrival of the railway, and it became a town in 1870. Part of the historic county of Hampshire, Bournemouth joined Dorset for administrative purposes following the reorganisation of local government in 1974. Through local government changes in 1997, the town began to be administered by a unitary authority independent of Dorset County Council, although it remains part of that ceremonial county. Since April 2019 the unitary authority has been merged with that of Poole, as well as the non-metropolitan district of Christchurch to create the Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole unitary authority.
The town centre has notable Victorian architecture and the 202-foot (62 m) spire of St Peter’s Church, one of three Grade I listed churches in the borough, is a local landmark. Bournemouth’s location has made it a popular destination for tourists, attracting over five million visitors annually with its beaches and popular nightlife. The town is also a regional centre of business, home of the Bournemouth International Centre or BIC, and a financial sector that is worth more than £1,000 million in gross value added.

Talks between the clubs over the Netherlands centre-back had begun before the end of the Premier League season, but confirmation of Bournemouth’s relegation to the Championship on Sunday all but confirmed the 25-year-old would depart this summer.

Personal terms and the length of Ake’s contract are yet to have been finalised, but are not expected to hinder the completion of the deal, which could be concluded before the end of the weekend.

Nathan Ake: Bournemouth accept £41m Manchester City bid for …

Ake joined Bournemouth from Chelsea for a club-record fee of £20m in 2017 and had been linked with a return to Stamford Bridge.

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Sky Sports News’ Mark McAdam says Bournemouth defender Nathan Ake is close to completing a move to Manchester City

Sky Sports News’ Mark McAdam says Bournemouth defender Nathan Ake is close to completing a move to Manchester City

Chelsea’s buy-buck clause on Ake means they still have 72 hours to match of improve on Manchester City’s offer, but it is understood Frank Lampard is not interested in re-signing him.

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Despite Chelsea’s lack of interest, Ake does have other options away from the Etihad, but is said to be keen to work with City boss Pep Guardiola.

City have been linked with several centre-backs since the departure of Vincent Kompany at the end of the 2018-19 season. They missed out to rivals United on Harry Maguire last summer and have consistently been linked with Napoli’s Kalidou Koulibaly.

Ake played 29 times in the Premier League this season for Bournemouth as Eddie Howe’s side were relegated, finishing a point from safety in 18th place.

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Former Arsenal striker Charlie Nicholas is not sure whether Nathan Ake will be a regular for Manchester City after they had a £41m offer for the defender accepted by Bournemouth

Former Arsenal striker Charlie Nicholas is not sure whether Nathan Ake will be a regular for Manchester City after they had a £41m offer for the defender accepted by Bournemouth

The fee, which would be a club-record sale for Bournemouth, would see them receive £40m up front, with a further £1m to come in add-ons.

Guardiola was asked about the potential signing of Ake in the January transfer window, at which point he ruled out a move but hinted he would revisit the situation this summer.

“We don’t speak about that,” he said in answer to a question on Ake. “We’re going to finish this season with the players that we started with. If something’s going to happen, it will be in the summer time.”

Sky Sports’ Jamie Carragher has questioned the logic behind City targeting another left-sided centre-back with Aymeric Laporte already at the club. He tweeted:

City appear to be attempting to get their business done early in a transfer window that was delayed because of the coronavirus pandemic, with the club close to agreeing a deal for Valencia winger Ferran Torres.

Analysis: Centre-back won’t solve all City’s issues

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Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola says his team needs to win more games and be more consistent if they want to win the Premier League next season

Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola says his team needs to win more games and be more consistent if they want to win the Premier League next season

Former Man City defender Micah Richards insisted earlier this month Guardiola’s side need a leader in defence to close the gap on Liverpool next season.

However, he also told Sky Sports one centre-back alone will not transform them back into champions.

“It’s not as simple as getting a centre-back in,” he told Sky Sports. “Fernandinho will be a year older and his legs won’t be the same as this season or past seasons.

“Just buying a centre-back is not going to solve all the issues. People say Van Dijk solved Liverpool’s problems, and he did to an extent, but his arrival coincided with the improvement in Trent and Robertson, and also Alisson arrived.

“But getting a centre-half would help so much in terms of consistency, and to have somebody who understands that position more to drive the team forward.”

Analysis: ‘A great deal for City and for Bournemouth’

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The latest transfer news including news on Manchester City’s latest bid for Nathan Ake and Jadon Sancho’s future

The latest transfer news including news on Manchester City’s latest bid for Nathan Ake and Jadon Sancho’s future

Sky Sports News reporter Kaveh Solhekol:

“This deal is getting very close. I fully expect Nathan Ake to become a Manchester City player. As far as he’s concerned, it’s a no-brainer: you have either got the choice of playing in the Championship with Bournemouth or playing for one of the best clubs in the world.

Manchester City are going to be fighting for the title next season and also the Champions League. The price is interesting – £41m. That’s because he used to play for Chelsea and when they sold him to Bournemouth for £20m, they had a buy-back option inserted into the deal which meant that Chelsea could have bought him back for £40m.

“My understanding is that Chelsea passed up on that option while the other club who have been linked with him are Manchester United and that all came about when Bournemouth lost 5-2 a couple of weeks ago at Old Trafford.

“At the end of the game, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer went onto the pitch and seemed to congratulate Ake on his performance. Solskjaer quashed that talk very quickly, but personal terms at City are not going to be a problem.

“He’s out of the country at the moment so he will have his medical when he returns. It’s a great deal for City and it’s a great deal for Bournemouth, who need money and need to cut their wage bill.”

Analysis: Is Ake what Man City need?

Nathan Ake made more blocks than any Manchester City defender last season

Nathan Ake made more blocks than any Manchester City defender last season

Pep Guardiola has identified Ake as someone who can strengthen Manchester City’s defence, but is he the man for the job? Sky Sports’ data editor Adam Smith crunches the numbers on his record at Bournemouth and examines the room for defensive improvement at the Etihad Stadium.

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