The 2020 summer transfer window is officially open for business, and the big-money spenders are starting to open up their wallets.
The window may have only been open a matter of days, but Manchester City are wasting no time at all in looking to bolster their squad in preparation for reclaiming the Premier League title from Liverpool next season.
That is because the Etihad Stadium club, according to reports, have agreed a £41million fee with AFC Bournemouth to sign Dutch centre-back Nathan Ake.
The Cherries were relegated to the Championship on the final day of the Premier League season, despite a 3-1 victory over Everton at Goodison Park, and are likely to be forced into parting with a whole host of their big-name stars as they prepare for life back in the Championship.
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And it looks as though defender Ake could be the first player to exit the Vitality Stadium, with City, who are in desperate need of defensive reinforcements this summer, especially at centre-back, having agreed a hefty-sized fee for him.
As part of the deal that took Ake to Bournemouth from Chelsea back in June 2017, Chelsea included a clause in the deal which entitled them to be able to match an offer submitted to Bournemouth for Ake. At the time of writing, whether or not Chelsea will activate that clause is unknown.
But should City win the race for the Dutchman, Chelsea could be in the driving seat to sign Napoli ace Kalidou Koulibaly instead.
The Senegal international, 29, has been heavily linked with a move to the Premier League for several years and has recently been closely linked with both Chelsea and City, as both Frank Lampard and City manager Pep Guardiola look to strengthen their respective defensive lines.
Last week, Napoli sporting director Cristiano Giuntoli issued an update on the future of the defender,…