AFC Bournemouth could be set to brace themselves for a January transfer window raid from both Manchester United and Tottenham Hotspur.
According to a report in the tabloid newspaper, The Daily Star Jose Mourinho and Mauricio Pochettino are both interested in AFC Bournemouth and Netherlands defender Nathan Ake.
Mourinho previously worked with 23-year-old Ake at Stamford Bridge whilst the pair were still at Chelsea. The report claims he would be seen as the answer “to United’s defensive woes”.
Meanwhile, Pochettino is said to believe that Ake could be a suitable replacement for Toby Alderweireld, who has refused to sign a new contract at White Hart Lane after he was refused a transfer to Manchester United during the summer.
The news comes just days after AFC Bournemouth announced that they were currently unable to proceed with plans to build a new stadium in Kings Park or build a new training ground complex at Canford.
Ake first joined AFC Bournemouth on loan from Chelsea in June 2016 that deal was supposed to be for the entire 2016/17 campaign however he was recalled early due to his form with the Cherries.
Twelve months later, however, he was back at Dean Court for an undisclosed fee, reported to be in the region of £20million.
Ake signed a five-year-deal with AFC Bournemouth.
The report added…
“The south coast side could demand a fee of more than double what they paid.”
OK, so I ‘don’t want Ake to be sold, but…
1) It’s not a case of ‘wanting to sell our best player… every player has their price and if we’re being properly honest with ourselves… Ake is too good to be plying his trade at Dean Court for too many more years.
2) Eddie Howe is not the type of manager to just go out and spend big money on instant replacements… He is more likely to utilise what he knows, for within (if possible). Tyrone Mings and Simon Francis would be likely candidates to temporarily replace, until a suitable, young player came into the frame, that Eddie Howe could coach and manage into the next Ake. Mings might even make the shirt his… Instant replacement.
3) We have to grow as a club, not a team… and if Eddie got the knock on the door and was told that we could sell one of our best players, but for more than double what we paid, just 18 months down the line, and as a result, he’d get ‘some’ money to replace, but a large chunk would be used to build a state of the art training facility… Do you really think Eddie and the club could not at least consider the proposal?
No one is trying to instantly sell everyone off… It’s just looking at the bigger picture… We want Premier League legacy etc. Selling some quality could be the only way we make that happen… – Join the conversation, click here.