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Report: Newcastle told Nathan Ake has £50 million asking price

Manchester City have told Newcastle that their asking price for Nathan Ake is around £50 million after Eddie Howe made another enquiry for the centre-back, according to a report from The Sun.

Ake could be on the move this summer. The Magpies wanted the Dutchman during the January transfer window. However, they were ultimately unable to get him through the door.

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Of course, with Newcastle staying up, they will surely back themselves to land even more of their ambitious targets during the coming months. And Ake is one player who remains on the radar.

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Reports this week claimed that the 27-year-old has been told that he can leave the Cityzens. However, the Premier League champions are not planning to let him go on the cheap.

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The Sun reports that City want £50 million for Ake, with Newcastle making a second enquiry. Howe worked with the defender during his time at Bournemouth.

Interestingly, The Sun adds that Pep Guardiola does not want to lose Ake. But the club will not stand in his way of leaving in pursuit of more regular game-time.

Manchester City set £50 million asking price for Nathan Ake

Newcastle may have reservations about paying a club-record £50 million for Ake. He is someone Virgil van Dijk previously labelled ‘fantastic‘. And he has contributed during his two years at the Etihad Stadium.

Having said that, there have been suggestions that Newcastle are not going to spend wildly in this window. The Telegraph previously suggested that their budget would be about £90 million.

So spending £50 million of that on Ake would be a gamble. It would not leave a huge amount in the kitty for Newcastle to spend on other targets before the new season comes around.

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