Manchester City have reportedly made another early move in the transfer market by agreeing a deal for Bournemouth defender Nathan Ake.
According to numerous reports, the Sky Blues have struck a £40m deal to recruit the Dutch centre-back after he was relegated with Bournemouth at the conclusion of the 2019/20 campaign. It has long been suggested that City manager Pep Guardiola was keen to add to his options at centre-back at the Etihad Stadium since the departure of Vincent Kompany last season.
Aymeric Laporte has been the undoubted first-choice since returning from injury, with the likes of Fernandinho, Eric Garcia and Nicolas Otamendi all having regular stints alongside the Frenchman, whilst John Stones has failed to progress as expected.
It now looks as though his regular partner is to be Ake though, with the former Chelsea man getting an instant return to the Premier League. Since joining Bournemouth, initially on loan in 2016, he has made 121 appearances for the club and was an ever present throughout the 2017/18 and 2018/19 campaigns.
He is set to become already the second arrival at Manchester City of the summer window, with the club having agreed a deal for Valencia winger Ferran Torres last week.
Neither player will be eligible as the club continue their UEFA Champions League campaign. They host Real Madrid at the Etihad Stadium next Friday in their round of 16 second leg tie. The Citizens currently lead 2-1 on aggregate and can be backed at a price of 8/11 with Betfair to win the second leg.