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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
1Liverpool1714303773045
2Manchester CityMan City17142148103844
3Tottenham HotspurSpurs17130431161539
4Chelsea17114235142137
5Arsenal17104337231434
6Manchester UnitedMan Utd177552929026
7Wolverhampton WanderersWolves177461919025
8Everton176652422224
9West Ham UnitedWest Ham177372525024
10Watford177372325-224
11Bournemouth177282528-323
12Leicester CityLeicester176472121022
13Brighton & Hove AlbionBrighton176382024-421
14Newcastle UnitedNewcastle174491422-816
15Crystal Palace1743101423-915
16Cardiff CityCardiff1742111733-1614
17Southampton172691632-1612
18Burnley1733111533-1812
19Huddersfield TownHuddersfield1724111028-1810
20Fulham1723121642-269

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