Why Chelsea and Man Utd didn’t sign Man City new boy Nathan Ake


Nathan Ake has signed a five-year contract with City (Photo: Getty)

Manchester United and Chelsea have decided not to sign Manchester City new boy Nathan Ake due to doubts about the Dutchman’s lack of physique.

The 25-year-old made a £ 41million transfer to the Etihad on Wednesday, signing a five-year deal with City.

Pep Guardiola’s side quickly agreed to sign Ake after relegation from Bournemouth and they offered £ 41million as a clause in Ake’s contract allowed ex-club Chelsea to re-sign him for a amount of £ 40 million.

Chelsea had a 72-hour window to match City’s bid, but turned down the option to do so due to the Blues’ doubts about the Dutchman’s size and strength, according to the Athletic.

Training session in Bournemouth

Ake was captain of Bournemouth (Photo: Getty)

Frank Lampard is keen to sign a center-back this quarter after his side conceded 54 Premier League goals, but the club were not convinced Ake was the right choice as they felt he was not strong enough in the tunes.

Likewise, United were concerned about Ake’s physicality and felt he hadn’t had a big enough impact on Bournemouth’s elusive defense in recent years.

United spoke to Ake but ultimately decided that a player of Ake’s caliber was not their priority this summer.

Solskjaer wants a paid center-back partner for Harry Maguire who will allow him to play a higher line next season and save the defense in the way Virgil van Dijk does for Liverpool, allowing the full-backs to advance to will.

City, of course, won’t be disturbed as he gave them a clear run for the former Chelsea ace.

Guardiola has been angered by the club’s inactivity in the market in recent seasons, allowing Jorginho and Maguire to join Chelsea and United respectively.

But Ake becomes the club’s second signing of the summer, joining Valencia’s Ferran Torres.

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