Carragher airs doubts after Man City agree £41m deal for Ake

Date published: Thursday 30th July 2020 3:41 - Joe Williams

Jamie Carragher Liverpool Man City

Jamie Carragher is unsure how Man City boss Pep Guardiola will get Nathan Ake in his starting line-up next season after having a bid accepted for the centre-back.

Reports emerged on Thursday that Bournemouth had accepted a £41m bid for the Dutchman from City after the club were relegated from the Premier League over the weekend.

The likes of Chelsea, Arsenal and Leicester City have all been linked with Ake, while Man Utd boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer fueled rumours that he could be heading to Old Trafford at the beginning of July.

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But it now looks like Ake will be on his way to Man City and Carragher thinks he will “suit” the Citizens but is unsure who he will replace in the starting line-up.

“I like Nathan Ake and I think he will suit Man City,” Carragher wrote on Twitter. “But with Laporte a guaranteed starter I’m not convinced two left-footed centre-backs works?

“I know right-footed players play together but it never feels right the other way round to me! Left back or a back three?”

When put to him that they would need cover for Laporte on the left-hand side, Carragher added: “Is Laporte injury prone or he just had a bad injury? There is a difference.

“If Laporte is fit he plays! I just think it’s interesting to see how Pep gets Ake into the team when Laporte is fit!”


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