Martin Keown has questioned Nathan Ake’s seemingly imminent switch to Manchester City.
talkSPORT understands that Bournemouth have accepted a £41m bid for the Dutch worldwide, who impressed for the Cherries within the Premier League this season regardless of their relegation.
Ake has usually been praised for his performances since shifting completely to the south coast in 2017 and is now coming into his prime at 25.
Keown mentioned to Jim White on talkSPORT: “I do have considerations although, by way of the stature of the participant – 5ft 11ins.
“Seemed extra like a full again in the beginning of his profession.
“Got here in, let’s not overlook, he made his debut in 2012, he’s now not actually a younger participant.”
Ake’s former aspect, Chelsea, nonetheless have first refusal to match any accepted bid for the 25-year-old.
When the Blues offered Ake to the Cherries in 2017, they included the choice to take him again to Stamford Bridge for £40m.
The Blues’ buy-back clause for the defender stays energetic and is known to run out on the finish of this summer time.
Keown continued: “He had many loans to totally different soccer golf equipment, went again to Chelsea, that they had an choice [to keep] him, didn’t take it.
“And he has been magnificent for Bournemouth for the final three/4 seasons.
“In fact, this 12 months it didn’t work out.
“He’s matured in the way in which that he performs, whether or not he’s ok for Man City, we’ll have to attend and see.
“Laporte is their left-sided central defender, so it will be uncommon see two left-sided central defenders taking part in alongside each other.
“However nonetheless, I feel he’s adaptable.
“He can play left-back, he can play deep in midfield and clearly Pep Guardiola feels that he’ll be capable to slot in on that proper hand aspect.
“As a result of you need to really feel Laporte would be the one who performs on the left.”