Man City have completed their second signing of the summer after securing the services of Nathan Ake from Bournemouth for £41m.
Pep Guardiola’s men lost ground in this year’s title race after Aymeric Laporte’s untimely injury wreaked havoc in their defence.
With a slew of questionable back-ups, Man City were always likely to invest heavily in the centre-back position this summer.
Nathan Ake was identified as the man to shore up their backline, and the clubs made quick work of negotiations after agreeing on a £41m deal earlier this week.
Ake arrived in Manchester for his medical earlier today, and duly completed the formalities upon signing a five-year deal to become the club’s second new addition.
Speaking to the club website regarding his decision to opt for Man City over other interested parties, the Dutchman said: “City have been the best side in England over the course of the last decade.
We’re excited to announce the signing of @NathanAke from Bournemouth on a five-year deal ✍️
— Manchester City (@ManCity) August 5, 2020
“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.
“Pep (Guardiola) is a manager admired across the world – what he’s done in the game speaks for itself.
“The success he’s had is unbelievable and the style of football he plays really appeals to me. I know I’m going to have to work hard to get into the side, but that’s what I’m here to do.”
Torres explains City move
Ferran Torres, meanwhile, has spoken of his delight after becoming City’s first signing of the summer.
The 20-year-old has signed a five-year contract, for a reported initial fee of £20.9million.
“I am so happy to be joining City. Every player wants to be involved in attacking teams. Manchester City are one of the most attacking in world football,” he said.
“Pep encourages a really open, aggressive style, which I love. He is a manager with a proven track record of improving players. To have him overseeing my development is a dream.
“City have won plenty of trophies in the last 10 years. I hope I can play a role in continuing that success.”