The biggest transfer move of the summer appears to be nearing its completion. Over the next few days if not hours, England international Harry Maguire’s £80 million move from Leicester City to Manchester United will be formally announced.
With just a few days remaining before the transfer window slams shut until January, this will leave Leicester City manager Brendan Rodgers with a gaping hole in his defence and £80million burning a hole in his pocket.
According to Sky Sports, there have been three central defenders on Leicester City’s radar. Their interest in Brighton & Hove Albion defender Lewis Dunk has waned.
This is due to them now preferring a move for either Burnley’s James Tarkowski or AFC Bournemouth and Netherlands defender Nathan Ake.
The report goes on to claim that “Sky Sports News understands Bournemouth are reluctant to let Ake leave because he is central to Eddie Howe’s plans this season.”
The article went on to add…
“Tarkowski is expected to cost over £40m – with a £50m release clause existing in his contract – while Ake could potentially command an even higher fee.”
Earlier this summer Nathan Ake was linked with a potential summer move to Manchester City.
That rumour has also re-emerged thanks to a report in the Daily Express.
Manchester City were also interested in Leicester City’s Harry Maguire but was not prepared to enter a bidding war with their local rivals.
Instead, Nathan Ake is said to be their transfer target, but despite the report claiming that Manchester City “wouldn’t have any problems matching the £40million valuation that it would take to persuade Bournemouth to sell one of their most prized assets”, they are yet to make an approach.
The report adds that UEFA Champions League finalists Tottenham Hotspur have also “been keeping tabs” on Ake.
Waz afcb wrote…
If we let Ake leave we are absolutely screwed, we would be one injury away from Jack Simpson being a regular and two injuries away from Matt Butcher starting at centre back. I assume we’d try and replace but where do we go this late in the day? – Join the conversation, click here.