Chelsea

Manager confirms failed Chelsea defender move

The Chelsea fans in the Transfer Tavern ended up having a pretty quiet Deadline Day…

The Blues were linked with a host of moves on the day, but nothing came to fruition – though one deal was attracting more attention than most in the Transfer Tavern.

The Independent reported that Bournemouth were keen on a permanent move for Chelsea defender Nathan Ake, with a supposed £18 million bid on the table.

They went on to say that Chelsea left the ball in Ake’s court with regards to the deal, with many in the Tavern expecting the deal to go ahead.

Obviously, the deal didn’t end up actually happening, which left many in the Transfer Tavern questioning if the it was actually on the cards – and now Bournemouth boss Eddie Howe has had his say on the reports.

According to the Express, Howe confirmed that Bournemouth did approach Chelsea to bring Ake back to the Cherries on loan or on a permanent basis, though he did note that the reported £18 million fee was ‘miles off the mark’.

Of course, Ake spent the first half of the season at the Vitality Stadium, before being called back by Antonio Conte last month.

Ake has yet to feature in the Premier League for Chelsea, though he did get his first start in the FA Cup last weekend. The Dutchman impressed in the left wing-back role, and with Marcos Alonso featuring constantly so far this year – surely Ake will get a chance before the season is over.

Our landlord thinks that Chelsea made the right call in holding on to Ake, especially when you consider that John Terry is unlikely to feature much going forward.

Chelsea fans – thoughts?

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