Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has seemingly revealed the club’s interest in Bournemouth defender Nathan Ake.
Following the Red Devils’ 5-2 win over the Cherries on Saturday, Solskjaer was quoted by BT as saying to the Dutchman “you need a bit of luck with your centre-backs, keep going” when many others thought he said, “we need a left-footed centre-back, so keep going.”
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Were United actually to follow up their apparent interest in Ake with a bid, they will likely face competition from rivals Manchester City for the player.
The Citizens are said to have already held talks about signing the 25-year-old ahead of the next transfer window. Chelsea also had an option to buy back their former defender but they are believed to be focused on signing Declan Rice instead.
United and City could, therefore, battle it out for Ake, who is reportedly valued at around £40m by Bournemouth, although that figure could be significantly lowered if Eddie Howe’s side are relegated.