Manchester City is prepared to pay £40million for Dutch international Nathan Ake. Here at the Football Manc Cave think there are better options for Pep and his team?
24-year-old Ake currently plays for Bournemouth and is a highly thought of talent in English football. He joined the southern club from another southern club, Chelsea, in 2017 for around £23million after spending a season on loan with the club originally.
With the loss of Vincent Kompany at Manchester City, alongside the abysmal display in the Nations League from John Stones. It appears likely that the Citizens are in need of one or two world-class centre-backs.
There is no doubt that Nathan Ake is a class defender in the Premier League, having 117 games experience in the competition. But is he what Man City need to win the league for the third time in a row, and challenge for the Champions League next season?
Potentially. However, some would say that Ake isn’t the level of quality (yet) to be part of a squad aiming for the treble of trophies.
So, here are two alternatives for Man City to put their £40million towards…
Ramos will turn 34 towards the end of next season, but would no doubt be one of the best defenders in the Premier League. He is also a renowned European Champion, winning the Champions League with Real Madrid 4 times.
He would give Man City the Champions League quality they need to progress further than they have in recent years. At 33 years old and two years left on his contract with Real Madrid, Man City could steal Ramos for two or three seasons and clinch a Champions League before the end of his service.
It’s not unheard of for ex-Manchester United players to join Man City after being dismissed by their former club. The likes of Owen Hargreaves, Carlos Tevez and Peter Schmeichel have all made the move.
Michael Keane, similar to Ake, has 120 Premier League appearances but has been a starting feature for a very impressive Everton side. Keane would provide more quality selections for the back line of Manchester City, and the 26-year-old would cost around £30million.