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Nathan Ake emerges as Manchester United target?

Man Utd 'line up Nathan Ake move'
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Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho reportedly identifies Bournemouth defender Nathan Ake as a possible transfer target as he looks to strengthen his backline.

Manchester United have reportedly identified Bournemouth defender Nathan Ake as a possible transfer target.

United boss Jose Mourinho is known to be in the market for defensive reinforcements, having failed to bolster his backline during the summer.

Mourinho has previously worked with Ake during their time together at Chelsea, and the Daily Star reports that the 23-year-old's form for Bournemouth has caught the attention of the United boss.

Ake initially impressed while on loan at the Cherries before making the move permanent in a £20m deal last year.

Bournemouth would be looking for around double that fee now, and United could face competition for his signature from fellow top-four hopefuls Tottenham Hotspur.

Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino is understood to have earmarked Ake as a possible replacement for Toby Alderweireld, who was heavily linked with a move to United during the summer.


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TeamPWDLFAGDPTS
1Liverpool31237170185276
2Manchester CityMan City30242479215874
3Tottenham HotspurSpurs30201957322561
4Arsenal30186663392460
5Manchester UnitedMan Utd30177658401858
6Chelsea30176750331757
7Wolverhampton WanderersWolves30128103836244
8Watford30127114244-243
9West Ham UnitedWest Ham31126134146-542
10Leicester CityLeicester31125144043-341
11Everton31117134342140
12Bournemouth31115154356-1338
13Newcastle UnitedNewcastle3198143140-935
14Crystal Palace3096153641-533
15Brighton & Hove AlbionBrighton2996143242-1033
16Southampton3079143450-1630
17Burnley3186173559-2430
18Cardiff CityCardiff3084182757-3028
19Fulham3145222970-4117
20Huddersfield TownHuddersfield3135231857-3914

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