Nathan Aké Agrees Personal Terms With Manchester City

Nathan Ake
Nathan Ake is set to join Manchester City from relegated Bournemouth | Steve Bardens/Getty Images

Manchester City are closing in on the signing of Bournemouth star Nathan Aké, after the defender reached an agreement on personal terms with the former Premier League champions.

The Citizens and the Cherries have been in talks over a deal for the Netherlands international since the season ended, with the clubs settling on a transfer fee of around £40m.

Fabrizio Romano reports that Aké's switch to the Etihad Stadium is now a 'done deal', explaining that the two sides have reached a 'total agreement,' and the defender will undergo his medical in the coming days.

The Dutch centre back made 29 league appearances for Bournemouth this year, scoring two goals, but he was unable to prevent the south coast side from suffering a final day relegation to the Championship. Aké arrived from Chelsea on an initial season-long loan in 2016, but his impressive performances led to the Cherries buying him outright.

His rapid rise as a Premier League star has seen him recognised at on the international stage too, making 13 appearances at senior level for the Netherlands. His track record was evidence enough for City to make their move.

Pep Guardiola is keen to bolster his defensive options ahead of the 2020/21 season, after losing nine league matches this campaign while showing serious lapses in concentration at the back. England international John Stones has fallen out of favour, while Nicolas Otamendi rarely delivers assured performances.

So, a move for Aké seems an obvious choice, given his age, promising signs of development, and his ability to slot in at left back if need be. However, he may not be the only defender to arrive at the Etihad Stadium this summer.

Ake will leave the Vitality stadium after four years at the club
Ake will leave the Vitality stadium after four years at the club | Visionhaus/Getty Images

City have prioritised the signing of the Bournemouth star over the possibility of landing Kalidou Koulibaly, as relations between the Premier League giants and Napoli are not exceptionally strong.

The Sky Blues - and Guardiola in particular - are still furious over their failure to bring Jorginho from Naples to Manchester in 2018. The midfielder instead opted to join Maurizio Sarri at Chelsea at the last minute.

But as 90min exclusively revealed, I Partenopei are willing to lower their asking price for the Senegalese defender, meaning City might dip back into the market once more to strengthen their backline.