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Man City close in on £40m deal for Bournemouth defender Ake[/b]

Posted: Fri Jul 31, 2020 9:07 am
Man City close in on £40m deal for Bournemouth defender Ake[/b]

Manchester City are close to completing a £40 million ($52m) deal for Bournemouth defender Nathan Ake.[/b]
The Netherlands international will discuss personal terms and the transfer could be confirmed in the coming days, with it understood there is the potential for an additional £1m in add-ons as part of the deal soccer tips win.[/b]
City are also set to confirm the signing of Valencia winger Ferran Torres in the next few days for an initial fee of £21m ($27m).[/b]
Goal reported earlier this week that the 20-year-old Spaniard had agreed personal terms on a five-year deal at the Etihad Stadium.[/b]
The two clubs reached an agreement which also includes add-ons that could be worth an extra £11m ($14m).[/b]
City were in the hunt for new central defenders after suffering nine defeats in the Premier League having failed to replace captain Vincent Kompany last summer.[/b]
Despite Bournemouth’s relegation to the Championship, Ake’s reputation has soared since he left Chelsea in 2017.[/b]
The 25-year-old is a homegrown player and can also provide cover at left-back. He may not be the only defensive signing during the transfer window, however, with City also looking at Napoli’s Kalidou Koulibaly and Sevilla’s Diego Carlos.[/b]
A deal for Torres is also expected to be announced soon after City beat a host of top European clubs for the Spain Under-21 international.[/b]
Due to the UK government implementing travel restrictions surrounding the Covid-19 pandemic, he is expected to complete his medical in Spain ahead of joining up with the squad for the new Premier League season.[/b]
City boss Pep Guardiola is understood to have played a key part in convincing him to choose the Premier League side amid interest from clubs including Manchester United, Juventus, Borussia Dortmund, Real Madrid and Atletico Madrid.[/b]
Torres was keen to work with Guardiola and spoke to the former Barcelona manager before choosing his new club.[/b]
And the deal moved a step closer when the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) lifted the two-year ban from the Champions League imposed on the club by UEFA.[/b]
The deal is seen as a bargain for a highly-rated and exciting Spain Under-21 international.[/b]
But Valencia needed to raise money after failing to qualify for Europe next season, and Torres was in the final year of his contract having turned down a number of offers to extend his current contract.[/b]
City were looking for a new winger after Germany international Leroy Sane left for Bayern Munich in a deal worth an initial €49m (£45m/$58m).[/b]
The club are moving quickly to improve their squad and director of football Txiki Begiristain had previously explained how it was going to be an unusual transfer window.[/b]
"We are working a lot, we have to be ready," he told the club's official website. "It will be a strange window because people have to move fast, we have to bring in players who can improve our squad but also it means that maybe someone can leave.[/b]
"It will be strange also because we have the Champions League so we have to wait to move forward until the Champions League is finished todays soccer prediction.[/b]
"We might have less time than ever but we’ll have time to make the changes we need to improve the squad."[/b]