Manchester City have stepped up their efforts to improve their squad defensively for next season as they have agreed a fee in the region of £41million for Bournemouth defender Nathan Ake, according to Sky Sports.
"I like him and I think he's a very, very good player for Bournemouth but I'm not sure he's what they need at Manchester City".
Bournemouth's relegation to the Championship was confirmed last weekend and Ake was always going to emerge as one of the first casualties.
There was expected to be strong interest in the 25-year-old this summer, with his departure becoming nearly inevitable when Bournemouth's relegation was confirmed last weekend.
Ake " s likely arrival at the Etihad Stadium comes after City endured a poor season defensively following the departure of Vincent Kompany to Anderlecht a year ago.
Chelsea and Manchester United have also been linked with Ake, who missed the final games of Bournemouth's season with a muscle injury.
City are in the market for a centre-back after surrendering the title to Liverpool.
Initially a Chelsea player, Ake had loan spells at Reading, Watford and Bournemouth before finally signing permanently for the Cherries.
"I think next season and everything beyond it will take care of itself".
News of the impending arrival of Ake comes after City reportedly wrapped up deal for Valencia's 20-year old winger Ferran Torres, who is expected to cost £21 million.
It's said £40 million will be paid upfront, with a further £1 million following as part of add-ons in the deal.