Chelsea transfer target backed to join Manchester United

Manchester United legend Gary Pallister has backed Chelsea transfer target Nathan Ake to join Manchester United as a centre-back partner for Harry Maguire.

Ake has been heavily linked with a return to Chelsea, who have a £40m buy-back option, and with Bournemouth now relegated he’ll likely look to leave the club.

Manchester City are also interested, with Pep Guardiola desperate to sign a centre-back partner for Aymeric Laporte.

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He told Manchester United’s official Youtube channel: “Lindelof has had a really good season as well.

“I think after his first year we looked at him and thought, ‘Has he really got the physicality for the Premier League?’

“He’s not as dominant as Harry but I think he’s complementing him. He’s got the hang of the Premier League now, the physicality of it, the pace of it. I think he’s gone strength to strength.

“But I still think we need another big, powerful, dominant centre-half at the club.

“I think it’s one of the things you’d be looking at. If you get Bailly fit and he gets a run of games there’s potential there – he’s a bit rash at times – but I think if Ole is looking at the squad, I think everyone has been talking about another dominant centre-half.

“I wouldn’t be surprised if Ole was looking in that direction.”

He added: “I like Ake. I think he looks the part. He looks a physically strong lad, he’s got pace, he’s not bad on the ball.

“I think he was linked with City – they’re obviously looking for another centre-half, they’ve had problems at the back. So who knows.

“But he’s someone I’ve looked at at Bournemouth and I’ve been impressed by him. For me, he looks the part.”

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