The Lowdown: Ongoing negotiations
The Dutchman still has three years remaining on his contract at the Etihad Stadium, but has been consistently linked with a move away after reportedly being told that he is free to leave and find a new club this summer.
Sky Sports first revealed last month that the 27-year-old had opened talks with the west London club over a potential move to Stamford Bridge, with the Evening Standard since suggesting that negotiations had become more advanced, and it now sounds like the player is ready to return to the capital.
The Latest: Ake agrees personal terms
Taking to Twitter, Romano stated that Ake has reached a verbal arrangement with Chelsea, although City are yet to have been approached with an offer.
The Italian wrote: “Chelsea have full agreement with Nathan Ake on personal terms. Man City are aware of the situation on the player side, but still waiting to receive the official bid.
“City want around £40/45m for Ake and plan is to replace him with a new centre back in case he leaves.”
The Verdict: Bit-part player
Raheem Sterling is already close to putting pen to paper at Chelsea, and it appears that Ake will soon be following the England international to west London.
The centre-back was a bit-part player under Guardiola last season, making just 14 appearances in the top flight, with only ten of those coming from the start (via WhoScored), trailing behind the likes of Ruben Dias and John Stones in the manager’s defensive pecking order.
Are Man City right to let Ake leave?
Ake used to play for Chelsea in his younger days but ended up leaving the club in 2017 to join Bournemouth.
However, a return to his former stomping ground is now on the cards as Guardiola possibly looks elsewhere to bolster his defensive ranks once the Dutchman’s likely departure is announced.
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