Man City identify Vincent Kompany replacement – strong competition from Chelsea

Manchester City have reignited their interest in Bournemouth’s Nathan Aké, according to Sky Sports.

The centre-back is one of the stars of Eddie Howe’s team, playing in every single league game for the last two full seasons. His development over recent years has seen him recognised as one of the best centre-backs from the middle of the Premier League table – and at just 24 years of age, there’s plenty of room for further improvement.

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Meanwhile, Manchester City are said to be looking for cover in defence after a tumultuous start to the campaign – but an obstacle could be Chelsea’s reported £40m buyback clause for the Dutch defender. Should Frank Lampard’s team want him back, a move to City seems unlikely.

Other options Guardiola is considering are Leicester City duo Calgar Soyuncu and Johnny Evans, but neither would be easy to capture in the winter with Leicester reluctant to let either go. Speaking of the difficulties of operating in the January transfer window, he said “when an incredible opportunity comes in January for the next four or five or six years, maybe we can think about it“, but added that for now he “does not want” anyone.

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Reportedly targeted by Tottenham and Everton, Aké has made thirteen appearances for the Netherlands.

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