Bournemouth have accepted £41 million bid from Manchester City for defender, Nathan Ake, reports say.
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According to Sky Sports, talks between the clubs for the centre-back had begun before the end of the Premier League season, but Bournemouth’s relegation to the Championship on Sunday confirmed that the 25-year-old would leave the club this summer.
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Ake joined Bournemouth from Chelsea for a club-record fee of £20million in 2017, and had been linked with a return to Stamford Bridge, but City appear to be in pole position to sign the defender.
City have been linked with several centre-backs since the departure of Vincent Kompany at the end of the 2018-19 season.
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The citizens missed out to rivals, Manchester 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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The fee, which would be a club-record sale for Bournemouth, would see them receive £40 million up front, with a further £1million 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 that he would revisit the situation this summer.
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“We don’t speak about that,” he said in answer to a question on the Dutchman.
“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.”