Brendan Rodgers and his Leicester City side will not be succumbing to Bournemouth’s demands of £75m for their centre-back Nathan Ake.
According to Sky Sports News, the 24-year-old will not be sold on the cheap by manager Eddie Howe, who rates him within the same bracket as defender Harry Maguire.
Leicester have recently departed with their star centre-back Harry Maguire, who has left the club to join Manchester United for a world-record fee for a defender of £80m (BBC).
Reports now suggest that Rodgers wants to sign a replacement as soon as possible for the England defender, however, they will not be forced into a transfer and have a concern that there are not enough well-valued replacements in the current market.
While Nathan Ake presents a good replacement for Maguire considering his capabilities on the ball – an 86 per cent passing percentage and 44.6 passes averaged per game, according to WhoScored – the value set by Bournemouth is just too expensive.
At £75m he would instantly become the joint-second most expensive defender of all time after only making 117 Premier League appearances and he also was the continual centre-back in a team which conceded 70 goals in 38 games last season. With players such as Lewis Dunk (who made more interceptions and won more aerial duels per 90 mins in the Premier League than Ake) linked as a potential £45m signing, there doesn’t appear to be value in the Dutchman at that price.
Leicester – even though they brought in £80m for Maguire – should not spend so much money on Nathan Ake as they could do with reinvesting the money elsewhere. Dunk, for example, may not exactly look cheap at £45m but would at least leave money left over, should the Foxes wish to make more signings either now or in the January window.
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