Telegraaf on Bournemouth’s Nathan Ake
There’s an interesting op-ed in Dutch daily Telegraaf on Wednesday regarding Bournemouth centre-half Nathan Ake.
Ake has been an ever-present for Eddie Howe this season.
The 24-year-old has played all 31 Premier League matches for Bournemouth, scoring three goals.
Indeed, Ake has played 90 minutes in all but one Bournemouth match this season (he was subbed in the 81st minute vs Man United).
The Dutch international defender is under contract at Bournemouth until 2022.
Yet the Telegraaf op-ed notes that the Cherries may have a tough time holding onto Ake this summer.
Manchester United & Napoli
Telegraaf believe that there may be a defenders merry-go-round in the off-season.
The starting point is Man United, who are believed to be on the lookout for a new centre-half.
Recycling well-reported rumours, Man United are thought to be keen on signing Kalidou Koulibaly from Napoli.
Koulibaly could reportedly cost any suitor 90 million euros.
Should Koulibaly move from Napoli to United, the Italians would look to sign Ake from Bournemouth.
Telegraaf say “the Italians are said to have already contacted the agent of 24-year-old Ake”.
Chelsea & Tottenham
But Napoli could face stern Premier League opposition for Ake, say Telegraaf.
They claim that both Tottenham and Chelsea are interested in the defender.
Of those clubs, Chelsea appear to be in a stronger position that Spurs.
That’s because when the Blues sold Ake to Bournemouth, they secured a buy-back clause.
Telegraaf confirm “Ake could return to Stamford Bridge for €45 million.”
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