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Nathan Ake free to leave Manchester City amidst interest from

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Manchester City have told Nathan Ake that he is free to find a new club this summer

According to a source for Football Insider, Manchester City are willing to let Nathan Ake leave the Etihad. However, Pep Guardiola wants a replacement for Ake signed by the club before letting the player leave. Chelsea are pushing for Ake to join them this summer after two major departures in defence.

Nathan Ake’s contract with Manchester City expires in 2025. Ake joined Manchester City in 2020 from Bournemouth. Manchester City spent £41million on the defender. Ake could not break into the starting eleven at the Etihad. He was majorly used as a rotating option at center back and left-back position by Guardiola.

However, now Chelsea are very interested in signing the player. Nizar Kinsella of The Evening Standard is reporting that City are looking to “recoup the £41million they spent on Ake in 2020.” It will not be out of bounds to assume that Man City would want at least  £41million for the Dutchman. The report has also stated that this fee is not an issue in the slightest for Chelsea. The only thing holding the deal from happening is the unavailability of a backup option for Ake.

Chelsea looking for backups in defense

Chelsea has been dealt with a major blow in its defense. Antonio Rudiger and Andreas Christensen left as free agents this year. Rudiger joined Real Madrid whereas Christensen joined Barcelona. So, this transfer window, Chelsea are on the lookout to bolster their defense. Chelsea were pursuing Jules Kounde heavily last summer. However, this interest seems to have cooled off. The Blues are now pursuing 24-year-old Juventus center-back Matthijs De Ligt.

Nathan Ake and Matthijs de Ligt are Chelsea’s main target for defense this summer. Whereas, Raheem Sterling is the main target in forwards. Reports have also linked them to star center-forwards such as Cristiano Ronaldo and Neymar Jr.

Chelsea are in desperate need of defensive reinforcements. The signing of Nathan Ake and Matthijs De Ligt is going to alleviate Chelsea’s defense woes immensely

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