Just yesterday, we covered a story from ESPN in which it was claimed that Bournemouth defender, Nathan Ake, was a potential Red Devils transfer target.
The above story came just hours after United fans thought Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was already doing some ‘tapping-up’ on the Dutch centre-back after the 5-2 victory at Old Trafford…
First and foremost, it’s worth noting that Ake has consistently been a part of an extremely leaky Bournemouth defence over the last few years – which immediately has me worried.
I have to say, though, the video does look suspiciously like Solskjaer is telling Ake that ‘we need a left-footed centre-back’. See the video for yourself below:
Well, Solskjaer has since stopped those rumours at the source. During his latest pre-match press conference, the manager has directly responded to those rumours, linking the 25-year-old Ake with a potential Old Trafford switch:
“I’ve got seven centre-backs, so I don’t know where that’s (Ake stories) come from. We’re fine,” Solskjaer said, per The Mirror.
While it’d be nice for United to have a true left-footed centre-back, it’s not the be-all-end-all. Ake, who was released by Chelsea a few terms ago, has been an important member of Eddie Howe’s squad.
However, there’s a reason he was sold by the Stamford Bridge outfit while he’s currently fighting for his Premier League survival this year.
Sure, Ake is talented and I don’t doubt that he’d improve playing with a higher quality of player. I just think United need to set the bar higher as this feels like a step sidewards. Is Ake really any better than Victor Lindelof or even Chris Smalling? I’m not convinced he is…
Would a Nathan Ake to United transfer make sense? Let us know your thoughts in the comment box below.