Ake’s future at the Etihad Stadium is under the scanner as Manchester City are open to letting him go in the upcoming window and are seeking a fee in the £50m range for his services.


Newcastle are keen on bolstering their defence by signing a new centre-back this summer and Ake, who worked with Magpies boss Eddie Howe at his former club Bournemouth, is a priority target.



However, the Tyenside giants have suffered a blow in their hopes of signing Ake this summer as he has made it clear that he wants to continue at Manchester City.


“I’m going to express myself even more next season”, Ake was quoted as saying by Dutch daily De Telegraaf.



“Basically, I just want to continue at City.”


Ake is also looking forward to testing himself on the training pitch against Manchester City new boy Erling Haaland, who he sees as a powerful player with an eye for goal.



“That [playing against Haaland] will be fun in training.


“He is of course very powerful and has an eye for goal.


“With the way we play, we might have needed that type of player.”


In addition to Ake, Newcastle’s other priority centre-back target is Lille defender Sven Botman and it is claimed that the Magpies will only look to sign one of them.