Manchester City have made contact with Bournemouth over the signing of Nathan Ake as the club seek to strengthen their options at centre-back this summer.
The Netherlands international continues to be linked with a move to the Premier League’s leading sides despite his side’s struggles at the foot of the division this season, with Manchester United and former side Chelsea having also been linked with a deal to sign the defender.
Bournemouth require a miracle to survive ahead of the final day of the season and Ake is highly unlikely to drop into the second tier with Eddie Howe’s side, though the Cherries will demand a fee of £35m from any side interested in their prized asset.
According to talkSPORT, City have emerged as the favourites to sign the 24-year-old and registered their interest in the player, Pep Guardiola desperate to add a new central defender to his squad after their defensive struggles this season.
Chelsea remain interested and inserted a buy-back clause of £40m into the player’s contract when he left Stamford Bridge for Bournemouth three years ago, whilst Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskajer is a known admirer of the defender and appeared to inform Ake he was looking for a left-footed defender following the Red Devils’ win over Bournemouth earlier this month.
City, however, are the favourites to complete a move having firmed up their interest and a deal could lead to the exit of England international John Stones, the 26-year-old having been linked with a move to Arsenal.