According to a report from Calciomercato, AS Roma are interested in signing Manchester City defender Nathan Ake on a season-long loan deal during the summer transfer window.
Nathan Ake, 26, endured a frustrating debut campaign with Manchester City after arriving from relegated Bournemouth last summer.
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Multiple injuries coupled with the signing of Ruben Dias from Benfica and the resurgence of John Stones limited the 26-year-old to only 13 appearances for the Cityzens.
The Dutchman missed a total of 27 games due to a recurrent hamstring problem that further pushed him down in the defensive pecking order under Pep Guardiola. As a result, Ake managed only nine Premier League starts this past campaign.
Ake has already drawn interest from City’s cross-town rivals Manchester United, but AS Roma could look to move quickly in order to see off competition for his signature.
Roma, under the new management of Jose Mourinho, are looking to overhaul its backline ahead of the 2021/22 Serie A campaign. Calciomercato claim among the list of defenders that has caught Roma sporting director Tiago Pinto’s attention is Ake.
The Serie A club prepares to open negotiations with City over potentially signing Ake to an initial one-year loan deal, with the possibility of signing him permanently via a buy option at the end of the loan period, the report adds.
Manchester City allowed defender Eric Garcia to run down his contract and join Barcelona on a free transfer earlier this month. Garcia’s departure has currently left Guardiola with only Aymeric Laporte, Dias, Stones and Ake as options in the centre-back department.
In terms of silverware, Ake couldn’t have asked for a better maiden campaign at the Etihad Stadium. However, he’ll be aiming to play a lot more next season than he did in the entirety of 2020/21 campaign. And for that to happen, the Netherlands international must first keep himself injury free.
It remains to be seen what City’s exact plans with Ake are after losing Garcia on a free transfer this summer. Certainly, City boss Pep Guardiola has some big decisions to make over the summer transfer window as he looks to shape his squad for the next campaign.