Transfer speculation regarding AFC Bournemouth defender Nathan Ake’s future has been bubbling along all season.
The rumour mill picked up pace, particularly during the October/November international window.
At that time Manchester United, Manchester City and Tottenham Hotspur were being linked with a potential £40million move.
The quoted £40million was supposedly based on “a gentleman’s agreement” that would allow former club Chelsea to re-sign him for a fee of around £40million.
The Cherries had previously signed Ake from Chelsea on a permanent basis in June 2017 for a fee in the region of £20million. He has since gone on to add 62 games to his overall tally of AFC Bournemouth appearances following the 12 he made during his loan spell on the south coast during July 2016 and January 2017.
In November the Netherlands international returned from time away with his country playing in the UEFA Nations League, to instantly play down the reports, stating how happy he is, not only at Dean Court but also playing under manager Eddie Howe.
But now, according to reports, former club Chelsea have re-entered the frame.
British tabloid newspaper The Sun have reported that “Eddie Howe’s Bournemouth are now braced for an approach from Chelsea to take back one of their best academy products”.
The report added that Chelsea believes the 23-year-old is “one of the best defenders in the Premier League”.
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