AFC Bournemouth are reportedly set to bring Nathan Ake back to Dean Court on a permanent basis from Premier League champions Chelsea.
Ake made the move to the Cherries on a season long loan deal during pre-season 2016.
The then Netherlands Under 21 international had impressed following a run of starts in the Premier League where he has scored three goals.
He initially had to bide his time to break into the AFC Bournemouth XI, but when his chance came he held on to the shirt and ended his loan spell with 12 appearances, 8 of which were consecutive starts in the Premier League.
His performances however didn’t only impress those at Dean Court, but also those at Stamford Bridge and the Premier League leaders opted to cut short his loan to recall him to the full Chelsea squad.
Ake however only made two further league appearance all season and was limited to just 98 minutes of football as Chelsea lifted the Premier League title.
AFC Bournemouth and Southampton have been previously linked with a summer interest in Ake, who has this month made his debut for the full Netherlands squad in a World Cup qualifier against Luxembourg.
However according to The Sun, it is AFC Bournemouth who are now ‘closing in’ on the transfer of Ake.
The report went on to add…
‘Chelsea defender Nathan Ake looks set to return to Bournemouth on a permanent basis in a deal worth over £20million’
With an unnamed source adding…
‘It should be done when the player gets back from his holiday next month.’
“Others clubs have been taking a look at him, but Bournemouth look to be in pole position at present.”
Seems like the last 12 months has seen a crazy inflation in transfer fees. Van Dijk at £60 is setting a new level. No way salah worth £39m for example. If we want to be above 9th place or even remain that high we need to sound big so £20m is the new level we need to be at given burnley spent £13m on Brady and nearly £11m on Hendrick, two ok players. I do fear a shift in the allocation/amount of tv deal money though at some point which could leave us financially exposed. – Join the conversation here.
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