Manchester City are looking to sign as many as five more players during the transfer window and want their business done by the start of the new season on September 12.
Nathan Ake is in Manchester and expected to undergo a medical at Manchester City in the next 24 hours ahead of completing a £41m transfer from Bournemouth.
City opened talks with Bournemouth before the end of the Premier League season and have agreed a £40m fee – with a further £1m in add-ons.
Ake will join Ferran Torres at the Etihad Stadium after the Spain U21 winger joined from Valencia on Tuesday for an initial £20.8m fee, plus a number of add ons.
Defenders are now the priority, but deals for both a left-back and a second centre half, most likely Napoli’s Kalidou Koulibaly, are still some way off.
Further up the pitch, City face the daunting task of finding long-term replacements for two Premier League legends in David Silva and Sergio Aguero.
Inter Milan‘s Lautaro Martinez remains the number one choice to fill the number 9 shirt, while The Athletic have reported City had enquired about the availability of Atletico Madrid‘s Joao Felix, who has endured a difficult start following his £113m move last year from Benfica.
City set to complete Ake deal
The 25-year-old defender returned from holiday on Tuesday and could be announced as Pep Guardiola’s second summer signing before the weekend.
Personal terms are not expected to be a problem and it will be a club-record sale for Bournemouth.
Ake moved to Bournemouth from Chelsea for a club-record £20m deal in 2017 and was linked with a return to Stamford Bridge.
Chelsea had a buy-back clause on the Netherlands international but it is understood Frank Lampard was not interested in re-signing him.
Ake made 29 appearances for Bournemouth last season as they were relegated to the Championship, finishing a point from safety in 18th place.