Former England goalkeeper Paul Robinson claims Manchester City would be doing “great” business if they manage to recoup the money they paid for Nathan Ake.
The Citizens signed the Dutchman from Bournemouth for £41m two years ago, but he hasn’t managed to establish himself as a regular starter during that time. Robinson feels if they claw back most of the fee they shelled out on him, they will be doing well:
“It would be a great piece of business if Man City can get back the money they paid for him. They saw something in him but I think they massively overpaid. I would be surprised if City sell to Chelsea though, one of their rivals. Chelsea will be trying to win the Premier League next season. If you are looking at a top-class player, you wouldn’t sell. They obviously do not see selling to Chelsea as a threat. It says a lot about what they think about the player.”
As Robinson points out, Chelsea are thought to be the team who are most interested in recruiting Ake this summer and it is possible that Pep Guardiola’s side could end up receiving MORE than want they paid for the 27-year-old.
Reports in the local media suggest a price tag of £50m has been set so, if Chelsea do decide to match the valuation, it would be an excellent return on a player who has never really lived up to expectations. We shall see if a deal does, in fact, materialise.