NEWCASTLE have been asked to pay £50million if they want to sign Nathan Ake from Manchester City.
Eddie Howe wanted the centre-back in January and again identified him as a transfer target this summer.
The Toon boss has made a second inquiry into Ake after City gave him a bit of a hard time when he first asked in January.
The Dutch defender obviously knows Howe well, having spent four years under him at Bournemouth, before joining the Etihad for £40million in 2020.
Although Ruben Dias, Aymeric Laporte and John Stones are ahead of him in the pecking order, City would still like a boost from the money they paid two years ago.
But at least his £80,000-a-week wage won’t be a problem for Newcastle, although maintaining his steady stream of winners’ medals – two titles and a League Cup so far – may. be.
And although Pep Guardiola doesn’t want to lose the centre-back, City won’t stand in his way if he decides to move, given that it will mean regular first-team football.
Ake may be keen to play regularly ahead of the Qatar World Cup, with the Netherlands having several defensive options, including Virgil van Dijk and Matthijs de Ligt.
And should Howe secure the 27-year-old’s services, he could start making attacking reinforcements.
Reims wonderkid Hugo Ekitike – another January target – appears to be close to a £36m switch.
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Newcastle appear to be interested in the League One market, identifying Lyon midfielder Lucas Paqueta as a midfield target – the Brazilian could follow in the footsteps of winter signing Bruno Guimaraes.
Bayer Leverkusen Moussa Diaby is another player Newcastle have inquired about but the German side are asking for £40million to let him go.