Nathan Ake to Man City: Five players who could be impacted by £41m deal

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The Premier League campaign is over, and for most it was a season like no other.

With the COVID-19 pandemic having a huge impact on the closing stages of fixture schedule, it means that clubs have just seven weeks to get themselves turned around for next season.

One club who are wasting little time in getting themselves prepared are Manchester City.

Pep Guardiola's side fell way short of rivals Liverpool in the hunt for the Premier League title - something that was a huge blow to their aspirations.

That means that as far as City are concerned, efforts must be doubled if they're to close the gap on Jurgen Klopp's side.

One key area that the club have been targeting is a new central defender, as they look to finally fill the void left by Vincent Kompany.

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That position has now been filled by Nathan Ake who has completed a summer move.

The ex-Bournemouth star has penned a five-year contract at the Etihad Stadium for an undisclosed fee thought to be worth around £41million.

With the 25-year-old likely to link up with Guardiola's squad soon, it could have a big knock-on effect to the rest of the first team.

Here's five first team players who will be impacted by his potential arrival.

John Stones

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The player who is arguably going to be impacted the most.

John Stones has fallen out of favour under Pep Guardiola this term, starting just 16 games in all competitions.

Nathan Ake's arrival is likely to push the England defender further down the pecking order and could even lead to him heading for the exit door.

Aymeric Laporte

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Competition for places in Manchester City's defence is bound to be fierce next term.

Thankfully for Aymeric Laporte, his place in the team is likely to be safe.

The Spaniard is regarded as Pep Guardiola's most reliable defender, and that means that the competition is likely to be over who partners the 26-year-old in defence.

Eric Garcia

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Nathan Ake's arrival could be bad news for Eric Garcia.

The 19-year-old was handed a prolonged opportunity in the first team at the end of the season, starting seven of the last 10 Premier League matches.

Those chances to impress could be limited with Ake arriving, meaning that he may end up heading out on loan to continue his development.

Nicolas Otamendi

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Another player who could suffer as a result of Nathan Ake's arrival.

The 32-year-old was a first team regular last term, but could now find opportunities limited if Guardiola sees Ake as a first team regular.

For Otamendi, pre-season is likely to be key to establishing his long-term future at the club.

Fernandinho

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The veteran midfielder may be approaching the end of his career, but Nathan Ake's move could spell the end of his City career.

With Rodri already taking his place as a first team regular, the fact that the Bournemouth man can also play in that deep-lying midfield role could push the Brazilian further down the pecking order.

Fernandinho is highly regarded by Guardiola, but the Spaniard could still have plenty to think about with regards to his involvement this term.

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