Manchester City sign Bournemouth's Nathan Ake for £40 million
Manchester City on Wednesday announced the signing of Bournemouth defender Nathan Ake on a five-year deal -- the second new arrival at the Etihad in the summer transfer window.
Pep Guardiola's dethroned Premier League champions agreed a £40 million ($52 million) fee for the Netherlands centre-back, rising to a potential £41 million.
The signing comes a day after the club announced they had landed Spain Under-21s winger Ferran Torres from Valencia.
"City have been the best side in England over the course of the last decade," Ake, 25, said in a club statement.
"Coming here is a dream for me. This is a top side full of world-class players. Everywhere you look in this squad there are big names with international pedigree."
City director of football Txiki Begiristain said: "Nathan is a quality defender.
"He was a leader during his time at Bournemouth and I am so pleased we've managed to bring him here. He's strong and quick, and we feel he has the technical and intellectual attributes needed to excel in Pep’s set-up."
City finished 18 points behind Jurgen Klopp's Liverpool, who were crowned champions in June after a three-month hiatus due to the pandemic.
Guardiola's team lost nine matches during the season, showing the need for a rebuild at the back.
A knee ligament injury to Aymeric Laporte early in the season hit City where they most lacked cover, in central defence, after failing to replace departed captain Vincent Kompany.
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