Paul Merson has backed Manchester City defender Nathan Ake to be a success if he does move to Chelsea this summer.
Various reports have claimed that the Blues are progressing in talks to sign the Dutch international and Merson thinks the centre-back would be a good fit for the London club’s three-man defence:
“Nathan Ake is another excellent option for Chelsea. He’s good on the ball and has pace. He’s played in a back three as well. Chelsea play in a system where the wing-backs will push forward, and they cannot afford a poor choice in their defensive line.”
While Ake has struggled to establish himself at the Etihad over the last couple of years, there is no doubt that he possesses a lot of talent. It just seems like a move was never destined to work out.
As Merson mentions, he is very good on the ball and that has led manager Pep Guardiola to play him out of position at left-back on occasion. His attributes would, though, probably suit a three-man backline a lot more.
If Chelsea do meet City’s reported £50m asking price for Ake, it could well be a transfer that benefits all parties.