Manchester City and Chelsea will again be in contact with one another ‘in the coming days’ to negotiate a deal for defender Nathan Ake, reliable journalist Fabrizio Romano has claimed.
The Lowdown: Ake to Chelsea?
According to a report by Sky Sports, the west London club have held talks with Pep Guardiola’s side over a potential deal for their former academy graduate.
The Latest: Romano’s news on Ake
Romano has now shared the latest news on Ake’s proposed return to Chelsea.
Taking to Twitter, the journalist outlined: “Chelsea and Man City will be in contact again in the coming days to negotiate Nathan Aké deal after Sterling. Man City have been clear with Chelsea: they want almost same fee paid in August 2020, around £41m. #CFC
“Aké has full agreement with Chelsea on personal terms.”
The Verdict: Big loss
Whilst the Netherlands international has failed to secure a guaranteed starting spot in Guardiola’s favoured XI, starting just 25% of City’s league matches during his two years at the Etihad Stadium, the 27-year-old has still played an important part in the club’s domestic success since his arrival from Bournemouth.
When compared with positional peers across Europe’s top five leagues over the past year, the defender ranks in the 99th percentile for non-penalty goals and non-penalty expected goals plus expected assists, and also in the 98th percentile for non-penalty expected goals and passes attempted (via FBRef).
Are Man City right to let Ake leave?
Therefore, whilst Ake has never been a sure-fire starter under Guardiola, he still made 27 appearances for the club last season in a team full of superstars, with his manager describing him as “a joy to have” in the squad.
Furthermore, with Raheem Sterling’s move to Chelsea also likely to be completed imminently after a £47.5m fee was agreed, their two prospective departures to a fellow top-four Premier League club could come as a huge double blow for the Citizens.
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