When the January transfer window slammed shut and AFC Bournemouth central defender Nathan Ake had remained at Dean Court, Cherries supporters breathed a big sigh of relief.
Not just because the Netherlands international is a big fan favourite on the south coast, but also because a reported buy-back clause with Chelsea was set to expire.
The Cherries signed Ake from Chelsea for £20million in June 2017, setting a then-new club-record for a fee paid for a player.
At the time it was rumoured that Chelsea had inserted a buy-back clause into the deal and that has since been confirmed by those in the media, the price £40million and it ran until January 2020.
The £40million clause was a worry, because not only would it see AFC Bournemouth lose a key player amid a Premier League survival battle, but it would also see him leave with an undervalued transfer fee, considering reports of interest from the likes of Arsenal and Manchester City.
At least with the clause expired, if Ake were to leave, AFC Bournemouth would be able to cash in at market value, upwards of £50million maybe even higher.
However, British tabloid newspaper The Sun have reported that the clause has actually not expired and it is still in place for Chelsea to buy-back Ake at the pre-agreed price of £40million at some point in the future.
The report fails to state when the true expiry date is, but they did add that Chelsea “retain the first refusal on the centre-back, and Lampard now has another six months to decide if he wants Ake back in West London.”
…to be fair Nathan deserves to be in a better team where his skills can be improved and that also probably applies to Brooks and King!
I feel privileged to have seen the likes of Ake in an AFCB shirt over the last few years…
Not sure that he will go back to Stamford Bridge though…can see him at Spurs or Man United?
…Ake is a classy player and person and it would be a really weird thing to see him in another team colours…of course, IF we do stay up then who knows we may well hang on to him a wee bit longer? – Join the conversation, click here.