Man City evening headlines as Ake signing explained and Pep Guardiola makes Jurgen Klopp admission #Bournemouth

Man City evening headlines as Ake signing explained and Pep Guardiola makes Jurgen Klopp admission




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Good evening, Manchester City fans. Here are your evening headlines for Friday, July 31.

Why Man City moved for Ake

Manchester City look to have moved quickly to strengthen their squad this summer with Nathan Ake expected to join from Bournemouth for a fee in the region of £40m.

The Dutch defender has been a constant presence at the back for Bournemouth, and there was always likely to be interest in him following the Cherries’ relegation from the Premier League.

However, there are plenty of reasons why City would look at Ake specifically, and at least one of them has a bit to do with their own struggles at the back.

Chief City writer Stuart Brennan goes into detail about the benefits of Ake joining City and stepping in ahead of the likes of Nicolas Otamendi and John Stones, and picks out one particularly impressive stat from the 25-year-old’s time under Eddie Howe.

Guardiola names toughest opponent of managerial career

Over more than a decade at the top, Pep Guardiola has been able to test himself against some of the best teams and managers in world football.

Whether in charge of Barcelona in La Liga, Bayern Munich in the Bundesliga, Manchester City in the Premier League, or any of the three in the Champions League, Guardiola has tested himself against the best around.

However, when asked by DAZN about the best opponent he has faced, the Catalan coach had a clear answer.

“The toughest opponent I’ve ever faced in my career is this Liverpool from last year and this one,” Guardiola said.

“If you let yourself be dominated, they lock you in the area and you can’t escape. When you dominate them, they run into space like no one else. They are very fast going backwards. They are very strong strategically. Their players have great mental strength. [Klopp] is the rival who has made me think about how to beat him the most.”

City join Chelsea in Gimenez race

Manchester City are reportedly monitoring Atletico Madrid centre-back Jose Maria Gimenez, who is also on the radar of Premier League rivals Chelsea.

However, the Uruguayan international won’t come cheap, with ESPN suggesting any team intent on signing Gimenez will need to meet his £108m release clause.

The 25-year-old, who played and scored for his country at the 2018 World Cup, has played more than 150 games for Atletico since joining from Danubio as a teenager.

ESPN says Chelsea manager Frank Lampard is a fan of the South American, but the Blues have other priorities away from centre-back.



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