Even the most optimistic Bournemouth fans would have accepted the reality that centre-back Nathan Aké may not be at their club next season.
The Dutchman has a long string of suitors pursuing him, and they happen to be some of the biggest clubs in England. He has been brilliant at the Vitality Stadium since signing permanently from Chelsea in the summer of 2017, after impressing there for a few months the season before.
Aké featured in every game for The Cherries last season, keeping six clean sheets, scoring twice, and grabbing three assists, to earn himself the Supporters’ Player of the Season.
He has started this season much the same way, as Bournemouth currently sit in sixth place in the league.
However, the downside is that many clubs will be desperate to sign him up very soon, not only to bolster their own squad, but to deprive their rivals of a terrific player.
Although Man United and Tottenham have shown a keen interest in the seven cap Netherlands international, Man City have also thrown their hat into the ring. However, his former club, Chelsea, sold him with a buy back clause, meaning that they will have the first chance to sign him. With Gary Cahill and Andreas Christensen both looking near to an exit from Stamford Bridge, Aké would be a very handy signing for the club as soon as January.
Likewise, with Man United’s defence coming under constant scrutiny, they could definitely do with the services of Aké at Old Trafford. If Chelsea don’t make a move for the defender, The Red Devils are the most likely to sign him, particularly as they will be willing to pay whatever is needed.
That will not fill Tottenham up with too much hope, although they could certainly do with Aké, particularly if star man Toby Alderweired were to leave The Lilywhites. However, given Spurs’ recent transfer activity, it seems unlikely that they would be able to compete with the likes of Man United, Chelsea or Man City.
Of all the clubs interested in the player, Man City seems like the worst destination for the player, as the club clearly have a wealth of centre-backs, which could limit the 23-year-old’s game time and development.
Nonetheless, with so much interest, it seems very unlikely that Aké will be in the black and red come next year.
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