Nathan Ake has been linked with a move out of Manchester City, with Chelsea reportedly strongly interested in the Dutch defender.
Following Andreas Christensen and Antonio Rudiger departures from Chelsea after running out their contracts, the Blues are in hunt for a defender, and Nathan Ake is one the many players Chelsea wants to bring at Stamford Bridge.
Chelsea are keen to pay around £40m for the 27-years-old defender this summer, according to this week’s report from Matteo Moretto, even though The Guardian reported that Man City would like to keep him.
City News Wall‘s writers have explained the reason why Manchester City must keep Nathan Ake this summer.
Statman Dido: ‘He’s a good backup to keep’
Nathan Ake has to btay, because there are many games to play in a very short time, which means Manchester City many players, so it can’t struggles when someone got injured.
We need players who doesn’t have so much different in terms of their level. Nathan was the best player d9e Bournemouth. He’s good in the air, he’s defensive abilities are undoubtedly very good, he can score and a versatile.
Considering the fee Manchester City paid for him back then, we need to keep him or more than £50m — but it could be better to keep him.
There are a lot of competitions ahead to play, which means many players is a must — you need depth if you want to win everything you want.
Furthermore, we need Nathan’s Premeir League experience next season.
Olautunji Taiwo: ‘We need to keep him because of his versatility and agility’
Man City needs to keep Nathan because of agility and versatility. Based on the recent FIFA 22 ratings, Nathan Ake is the fastest Centre Back in the City squad. He’s one who is not scared to launch tackles, make blocks, goal line clearances.
His versatility is also evident in his ability to slot in seamlessly as a left back. He scores a number of goals despite not being the tallest of players.
Another important thing to note is that he’s not one with a worrying injury record. Looking at the football calendar, there are tons of games to play, several competitions. There is need to keep not just a large squad but a very quality squad as well. Nathan Ake has always impressed each time he’s been called upon.
Elumelu David: ‘His growth was an exponential one last season’
Mancity defender, Nathan Ake had an incredible 21/22 season.
The Dutch international was able to earn more game time under Pep Guardiola as compared to his first season at the English club. He made an impressive 27 appearances as against 13 from the previous season. Indeed his growth was an exponential one.
Apart from being a dependable go-to player in cases of injury crisis and match suspensions, Nathan Ake is also notable for his excellent aerial duels. With all his goals coming from set pieces, he is indeed a goal threat to any opposition.
His ability to slot into various positions effortlessly is not something you see everyday, but that is only a pinch of salt compared to Ake’s technical abilities. The defender’s acrobatic goal line clearance against Arsenal highlights his pace and ability to rise to the occasion when needed.
It is now no secret why the defender has attracted a lot of interest from several English clubs. It will be a painful loss for Pep Guardiola and the entire Mancity team if Nathan Ake leaves in the coming season.