Newcastle United reportedly want to sign Nathan Ake, but he’s not the Manchester City player they should be prioritising.
The defender will be allowed to leave this summer according to the Times, but only for a major fee.
The Sun report that Manchester City want £50million for Ake, which is £9million more than they paid for him two years ago.
That fee could perhaps put Newcastle off, as they go in search of a new centre-back this summer. They’ve also been linked with Ake’s fellow countryman Sven Botman.
Hopefully it’s the Lille defender who arrives instead of Ake, especially if the City man is valued at £50million. However, we should try and splash the cash on one of Ake’s teammates at the Etihad.
Newcastle should try to sign Zinchenko
Another player who Pep Guardiola could allow to leave this summer is Oleksandr Zinchenko. The Athletic have even reported that he’s been offered to Newcastle.
And that’s an offer we should absolutely take up.
The Magpies need to sign a left-back this summer, with Matt Targett’s future unknown. He has been linked with a return, while there is also talk of Renan Lodi joining the club.
But Zinchenko would be a perfect blend of the two. He’s got that vital Premier League experience, while he’s also played for an elite team at the highest level.
The Ukrainian would be a high profile addition, whilst in keeping with the club’s sensible transfer policy.
He’s versatile too, capable of playing in midfield as he does so well for his country. Sadly, he won’t be going to the World Cup later this year after Ukraine lost to Wales on Sunday.
At 25-years-old he still has time to improve, while years of working with Guardiola have made him technically proficient. He played a key role late in the season as City won the Premier League title.
Zinchenko would be a wonderful addition to Eddie Howe’s squad, and another step in the right direction.
If Newcastle are going to splash out on a player from Manchester City, it should be Zinchenko instead of Ake.