Man City and Chelsea agrees on fee in principle for Nathan Aké
Nathan Benjamin Aké (born 18 February 1995) is a Dutch professional footballer. He plays as a defender for the Premier League club Manchester City and the Netherlands national team. Although he predominantly plays as a centre-back, he has also been deployed as a left-back. Recently, Chelsea has been on the tails of Manchester City in order to buy Nathan Ake.
Chelsea has agreed to a £45million deal in principle for Nathan Ake. The clubs have finally come to an agreement on the fee. Now, Chelsea must wait for Manchester City to find a replacement for Ake.
Manchester City stated from the outset they would not accept any less than £41million. The amount they paid for Ake in 2020, and the club is seen to have gotten their wish.
According to Nizaar Kinsella, Chelsea and Manchester City have agreed on a deal in principle worth £45million for Nathan Ake. Chelsea now must wait for Manchester City to give Ake the green light to leave.
However, just a week ago, Chelsea’s pursuit of Nathan Ake collapsed after the two sides failed to agree on a fee for the Dutchman. The defender had been linked with a move to Stamford Bridge over the last month. But it seems Chelsea’s interest was to no avail.
Continuation of The Agreement
The 27-year-old previously played for Chelsea between 2011 and 2017, before leaving to join Bournemouth. The Dutchman impressed in his time playing for the Cherries. This prompted City to splash out £41million for him in 2020.
However, since joining the Sky Blues Ake has been primarily used as a rotation option. Despite never complaining about his lack of game-time, this is believed to be why the center-back was open to re-joining Chelsea.
But despite Ake’s desire to join the London club, any potential transfer now appears to be dead in the water. The collapse of the transfer is believed to be due to the two clubs being unable to agree on a fee for the Netherlands international.
Ben Jacobs of CBS Sports has reported that City held out for £ 50 million for the defender, while Chelsea was unwilling to pay above £45million for the center-back.
Jacobs has also stated that City was unwilling to let Ake leave the club until they had found a replacement for the Dutchman. This has led to Chelsea’s patience wearing thin. With Ake staying it’s safe to assume that City won’t be looking to bring in any extra reinforcements at center-back. So it would be safe to rule out any potential moves for Josko Gvardiol, Pau Torres or Jules Kounde.
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