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Nathan Ake

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Nathan Ake

Manchester City are closing in on the signing of Bournemouth defender Nathan Ake.

City agreed a £40million fee, rising to a potential £41million, with the relegated Cherries for the 25-year-old Holland international last week.

It's understood the deal is now close to completion with a medical to take place in the next 24 hours.

There have been reports former Chelsea centre-back Ake has arrived in Manchester after a holiday to undergo a medical and agree personal terms.

Ake would become City's second signing of the delayed summer transfer window after landing Spain Under-21s winger Ferran Torres from Valencia.

Ake would bolster manager Pep Guardiola's options in what has been a problem position in central defence since the departure of former captain Vincent Kompany last summer.

With Aymeric Laporte missing five months of the current season through injury and Guardiola appearing to lose faith in a John Stones-Nicolas Otamendi partnership, midfielder Fernandinho often played as a makeshift centre-back.

Meanwhile, City's first signing of the summer Ferran Torres claims he was forced out by Valencia.

The 20-year-old said there were people at the club "determined to damage" his image and he did not have a good relationship with captain Dani Parejo, who barely spoke to him.

"I've had hard times there and that's why I ended up leaving, but I want to emphasise that I'm very grateful to Valencia and will always support them."