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Manchester City close to completing Nathan Ake signing

AFC Bournemouth v Liverpool – Premier League – Vitality Stadium
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Manchester City are closing in on the signing of Bournemouth defender Nathan Ake.

City agreed a £40million fee, rising to a potential £41million, with the relegated Cherries for the 25-year-old Holland international last week.

The PA news agency understands the deal is now close to completion with a medical to take place in the next 24 hours.

Ake has impressed for Bournemouth

Ake has impressed for Bournemouth (Mark Kerton/PA)

There have been reports former Chelsea centre-back Ake has arrived in Manchester after a holiday to undergo a medical and agree personal terms.

Ake would become City’s second signing of the delayed summer transfer window after landing Spain Under-21s winger Ferran Torres from Valencia.

Ake would bolster manager Pep Guardiola’s options in what has been a problem position in central defence since the departure of former captain Vincent Kompany last summer.

City have been short of defensive options since the departure of Vincent Kompany

City have been short of defensive options since the departure of Vincent Kompany (Martin Rickett/PA)

With Aymeric Laporte missing five months of the current season through injury and Guardiola appearing to lose faith in a John Stones-Nicolas Otamendi partnership, midfielder Fernandinho often played as a makeshift centre-back.

Ake was a youth player at Chelsea and had loan spells at Reading, Watford and Bournemouth before joining the Cherries permanently for £20m in 2017. Chelsea reportedly had a buy-back option but chose not to exercise it.

Meanwhile, City’s first signing of the summer Ferran Torres claims he was forced out by Valencia.

The 20-year-old, who signed for an initial fee of £20.9million, said there were people at the club “determined to damage” his image and he did not have a good relationship with captain Dani Parejo, who barely spoke to him.

“Valencia gave game me everything and trained me since I was seven,” he said in an interview with Marca.

“I’ve had hard times there and that’s why I ended up leaving, but I want to emphasise that I’m very grateful to Valencia and will always support them.

“The problem is that there are people within the club and a few journalists who are determined to damage my image.

“I don’t want to leave on bad terms because I’m a Valencia fan.

“I’m sorry if I’ve offended anyone with my departure, that was never my intention, but what has happened has forced me to take a different path from the one I always dreamt of.”

Torres had entered the final year of his contract and he suggested the club’s failure to meet any of his requests, plus his poor relationship with Parejo, left him with little option but to leave.

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He claims he asked to be captain, be made one of Valencia’s top earners and also for owner Peter Lim to be involved in negotiations to make him feel wanted.

“I started thinking about it last summer after the European Under-19 Championship. The club told me personally that they weren’t counting on me,” he added.

“What was worse was that they even put me on the market and offered me to teams in Spain.

“I wanted to stay and I put forward the conditions to do so. They weren’t above the club’s means.

“I know they’re not in the same position as big European clubs, but I was able to lead that project and wanted to be treated as such.

Torres claims Valencia captain Dani Parejo barely spoke to him

Torres claims Valencia captain Dani Parejo barely spoke to him (Nick Potts/PA)

“The club didn’t want to keep me.”

On Parejo, Torres added: “He’s a great player but I never had a relationship with him.

“When I joined the first team at 17, a number of weeks passed before he said a simple ‘good morning’ to me. He wasn’t a good captain with me.

“The worst of it came after (manager) Marcelino’s departure when Lee Kang-in and I were seen as culprits in the dressing room and they stopped talking to us for weeks.”