Arsenal are in a tug-of-war to sign AFC Bournemouth defender Nathan Ake, according to The Telegraph.
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However, the Gunners face a battle to sign the Dutchman, who is wanted by four other Premier League clubs, including Chelsea, who have a £40m buy-back clause inserted into his contract.
The move comes amid some terrible injury news concerning Calum Chambers, who was ruled out for between six to nine months yesterday.
Mikel Arteta’s side are also thought to be chasing the signature of Red Bull Leipzig defender Dayot Upamecano.
This is exactly the sort of player who should be earmarked as a signing for the north London outfit. A young player with experience is the type of player who won’t only come in and have an immediate impact due to his experience, but will also have the scope to improve and be able to adjust his game due to his tender age.
Ake is only 24-years-old, so has yet to reach the peak of his career, however, he has amassed more than 130 appearances in the English top-flight so far in his career (via Transfermarkt).
His performances this season show that he has all the traits to work in Arteta’s system at the Emirates Stadium.
With a passing average of just under 90%, Ake shows he has the technical ability to deal with playing out of the back like the Spanish coach has been demanding (via WhoScored).
Ake’s blend of youthfulness and experience makes him the perfect candidate to come in and replace the defensive void left by Chambers. In theory, he wouldn’t need a period of adjustment and he would have the scope to improve in the future, making him a must in the transfer window.
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