Chelsea can solve problem position and dent Man City title bid with Nathan Ake transfer swoop

Manchester City are set to sign Bournemouth’s Nathan Ake in a deal worth £35m, according to the Guardian.

Improving City’s defence was a vital part of their summer rebuild. Last season, the champions were brutally exposed following the departure of Vincent Kompany, while John Stones has struggled desperately to fill his boots. Nicolas Otamendi is entering the finals years of his career at the highest level and has hardly looked like a rock at the back when asked to deputise for Aymeric Laporte.

Ake is a brilliant defender and fits the profile of what Guardiola usually wants in that position. He’s incredibly comfortable on the ball, can pass out of defence, and would be an improvement on any of the Manchester club’s current partners to Laporte.

With Ake on board, City will hope they’re back on track to dominating British football once more, having had their crown removed by Liverpool.

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But while Liverpool may watch on anxiously, the likes of Chelsea, Arsenal and Manchester United should too.

They cannot allow City the chance to return to the 100+ point side they were.

So, is it worth signing a player just to stop another side from having them?

Chelsea are beginning to look like they title contenders next season. They’re F.A Cup finalists, look set for a place in the Champions League, and have already signed Hakim Ziyech and Timo Werner.

But the Blues are also on the lookout for a defender this summer as they seek a long-term replacement for Antoine Rudiger as well as more experienced blood as an alternative to the inconsistent Kurt Zouma.

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Frank Lampard could kill two birds with one stone here if he comes in with his own offer for Ake, bolstering his own side’s chance of challenging for the title next season while denying City the chance to strengthen.

If the figures are true, Ake is leaving Bournemouth for a cut-price. The south-coast club…