Newcastle United are registering an interest in Manchester City centre back Nathan Ake, according to the reports. But the Dutch international most certainly won’t come cheap.
According to The Sun, Newcastle United will look to sign quality defenders in the upcoming summer transfer window. They are also looking to bolster their squad on other fronts but defence remains a priority for Eddie Howe. The reports claim that The Magpies made an enquiry regarding Ake. But it seems that the blue side of Manchester won’t let him leave for a cheap price.
Nathan Ake joined Manchester City before the start of 2020 – 2021 season. The club bought him for a hefty transfer fee of £50 million from AFC Bournemouth. Inspite of not a regular starter, Man City is still looking to score some profit from his sale.
Magpies boss Eddie Howe previously worked with the defender at the south of the England club Bournemouth. There is a reunion on the cards, if the speculated deal goes through. Eddie Howe very well know the 27-year old and is also aware of the quality that he can add to the defence unit at Newcastle.
Nathan Ake and Manchester City
Hence, there’s no doubt that the club can be a better defensive unit. But the asking transfer fee from Manchester City of £50 million seems too humongous for someone who rarely played over the course of 2 seasons. In a couple of seasons at the club, Ake made a total of 40 appearances in all competitions.
After the takeover of Newcastle, everyone is aware of the financial conditions of the club. But still to comply with the Financial Fair Play regulations, they need to make smart choices and signings.
On the other hand, Ake for his own personal benefit need to make a decision. John Stones, Aymeric Laporte and Ruben Dias are all above him in the pecking order. It will be smart of him to make this move for regular gametime.
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