Sunday, 25 June 2017

Aké almost in reach for the Cherries

The rumours that Chelsea's Nathan Aké, 22, has several suitors now chasing him might have made it more difficult for AFCB to make themselves heard, but the Cherries are said to be in pole position to sign the Dutch defender, according to the Sun. The signing is reportedly going to set an new club record with a transfer fee of £20 million suggested by the national newspaper.
Aké is set to conclude talks with AFCB once he comes back to the country in July.

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had suggested that West Ham Utd and Southampton would also be interested in the player, and while I can see the Saints might be gearing up for a replacement for Virgil Van Dyke, should he exit St Marys this summer, I was less sure on the Hammer's motives when they have already signed Pablo Zabaletta from Man City, as the Guardian reported.

Of course, Chelsea have the last say on what talks can and can't go ahead with Nathan Aké, but the Sun report does suggest that Nathan will sign for the Cherries when he comes back off of his holiday in July. 

Nathan has been concentrating on matches for the Netherlands and no doubt has not wanted to have talks until he has got those matches out of the way, but at the start of June the Daily Express reported that he was seeking transfer talks with Chelsea's technical director Michael Emenalo and despite this request there has been little news filtering out of Stamford Bridge. He only played five games for Chelsea at the end of the season last year, but was in the match day squads fairly frequently even if he didn't get on the field much.

AFCB have not made any noise about seeking a deal with the player, but there could have been a gentleman's agreement that AFCB would get first bid on the player if he did want to leave Chelsea in the summer.

Nathan Aké was certainly the man who I think would be the most important signing for AFCB this summer if comes off so I'll keep my fingers crossed that the Sun has this one right.

On other news, the AFCB Vtals site has linked AFCB with Man City defender Fernando.

1 comment:

  1. Quality is more important than quantity as far as AFCB are concerned, particularly with Callum Wilson and Hyndman coming back. Ake definitely fits the quality criteria and gives a lot more options to Howe.