Manchester United will be in the market for a new centre-back this summer. Captain Harry Maguire has established himself as the leader at the back for us but Victor Lindelof has still yet to establish himself in the Premier League.
Eric Bailly is constantly injured, whilst Chris Smalling and Phil Jones appear to be on their way out of Old Trafford. A number of names have been linked to the Red Devils for a while now, with Napoli’s Kalidou Koulibaly the most commonly mentioned player.
The latest reports are suggesting that we could make a £35 million move for Bournemouth centre-back Nathan Ake this summer. The Dutchman has been a regular in defence for the Cherries for the past three seasons, but it must be noted that they are the first team in Premier League history to concede 60+ goals in four consecutive seasons.
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Ake is also a decent threat from attacking set pieces too, albeit he only has two Premier League goals so far this season. Whether he would be an upgrade on Lindelof, I am not convinced. I think Manchester United could certainly do much better.
The 25-year-old moved from Feyenoord to Chelsea at the age of 17 but never got an opportunity in the first team at Stamford Bridge. He originally joined Bournemouth on loan in 2016-17, following a year in the Premier League with Watford. The south coast club made the deal permanent for a club record £20 million at the time.
Whilst Ake has been an important player in Eddie Howe’s defence it doesn’t automatically make him a great player. What I’ve seen of him, his positioning isn’t great. He captained their side when we thrashed them 5-2 at Old Trafford at the end of June.
Personally, I think United should go out and get Kalidou Koulibaly this summer, but with Jadon Sancho and Jack Grealish on the transfer list too it’s hard to know how much money Ole Gunnar Solskjaer will have to spend on a new centre-back.