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News24 – Manchester City may turn to £40million Bournemouth star Nathan Ake
Manchester City are reportedly considering a move for Bournemouth defender Nathan Ake as an alternative to Harry Maguire.City are interested in Leicester centre back Maguire, but Manchester United are leading the chase for the England international and have had a £70million bid rejected.As reported by L’Equipe, City may now turn their attention to Ake, who would be a considerably cheaper option at £40m. Ake, 24, has played over 100 Premier League games, having featured in the division for Chelsea, Watford and Bournemouth.The Dutchman is known for his professionalism and would bolster the defensive resources of a City side that is on the lookout for a new centre back following the departure of the long-serving Vincent Kompany.Leicester want over £75million for Maguire, a figure that would eclipse the world record fee for a defender, set when Virgil Van Dijk joined Liverpool from Southampton in January 2018. NATHAN AKE 2018-19Premier League: 38 games, four goals, one assistCarabao Cup: One gameTotal: 39 games, four goals, one assist Although Ake is usually deployed at the heart of the defence, he is also capable of playing at left back or as a defensive midfielder if required. Last season Ake featured in every single game of Bournemouth’s Premier League campaign as Eddie Howe’s side finished in 14th place. The Cherries began pre-season training last weekend, but Ake is yet to return after being part of Holland’s squad at the Nations League finals.