Nathan Ake seals £40m Man City deal

first_imgRelatedPosts Pirlo not out to copy anyone after Juventus’ comfortable opening win Aguero could be out of action until November, Guardiola says David Silva recovers from COVID-19 Manchester City have confirmed the signing of Bournemouth defender Nathan Ake.Pep Guardiola’s side have agreed an initial £40 million deal with the Cherries – who were relegated to the Championship on the final day of the season – and which could rise to £41 million. Confirmation of the Dutch centre-back’s arrival comes just a day after City announced their first deal of the summer transfer window in the form of Valencia winger Ferran Torres.“City have been the best side in England over the course of the last decade,” Ake said on his move.“Coming here is a dream for me. This is a top side full of world-class players. Everywhere you look in this squad there are big names with international pedigree.“Pep is a manager admired across the world – what he’s done in the game speaks for itself. The success he’s had is unbelievable and the style of football he plays really appeals to me.“I know I’m going to have to work hard to get into the side, but that’s what I’m here to do. I’ll do whatever I can to make an impact and help the team win silverware.” The Holland international has since undergone a medical and also agreed personal terms with City.Tags: Aymeric LaporteFerran TorresManchester CityNathan AkePep Guardiolalast_img read more

Petr Cech wants Arsenal to respond to their defeat to Chelsea

first_imgPetr Cech called on Arsenal to move on from the disappointment of another defeat to Chelsea to steer their Premier League title challenge back on course. The Gunners had Per Mertesacker sent off after 18 minutes and Diego Costa scored the decisive goal in Sunday’s 1-0 win for Chelsea, which leaves Arsene Wenger’s men three points behind leaders Leicester with 15 games to go. The immediate focus is on the FA Cup which Arsenal have won in the last two seasons. The Gunners play Burnley at the Emirates Stadium on Saturday. Press Association But the next two home Premier League matches will be a further test of their title credentials, against Southampton and Leicester. Arsenal are bidding for a first championship since 2004. “We are only three points off the lead and have Leicester and Southampton at home coming up,” Cech said on arsenal.com. “They are difficult games but if we can keep winning our games, we can go back to the top.” Arsenal beat Chelsea in August’s Community Shield, but are without a league win against their rivals in nine games, since October 2011. Midfielder Mathieu Flamini added: “We are fighting for the title and it is frustrating. “We gave it everything and it was not easy against 11 men, but what can I say? “It is a long run and we still have to fight and move forward. It is only a game but (losing to Chelsea) is frustrating and a disappointment.” Arsenal are without a league goal against Chelsea in more than nine hours, since Theo Walcott’s strike in defeat at Stamford Bridge in January 2013. Flamini had a fine opportunity in the first half, but rather than head it, he tried to acrobatically divert the ball in. He added: “I thought I could take it with one touch but it was going very quickly so it was hard.” Wenger clung to the positives of the performance, although he admitted it would be difficult to raise spirits after the loss. Wenger told Arsenal Player: “We had such a high expectation level and to lose a game the way we did it it’s really frustrating and difficult to accept. “I feel we couldn’t play with our real team for 90 minutes. I was very disappointed. “In recent games we lost we had really hard decisions against us, against Southampton and (against Chelsea). “We had a good attitude, a fantastic spirit. Despite a result that is negative, I think we should come out with even more belief.” last_img read more