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Jim

Nathan Aké

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5 minutes ago, drog.ba said:

Must be depressing for him that the club rated Cahill and Rudiger as better players

Honestly don't think Ake is particularly that great either. Had a good game tonight, along with the rest of their back line, none of our CBs covered themselves in glory which will prompt people to say we should have kept him. If our attack showed up tonight it would have been different. 

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Near a year on when we sold aké I have to say we did great business selling him for £20m I don't think we will regret selling him like we did with Salah or KDB 

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9 hours ago, Johnnyeye said:

we have first option on him

Don't see the need for Ake when we have Ampadu and AC waiting behind. It would make some sense if Cahill left and AC lost his patience and left also, but even then I doubt he'd be happy to rot behind Luiz and Rüdiger (FWIW, I like our CB pairing and don't see the need to change it just for the sake of it right now).

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CHELSEA, MANCHESTER UNITED AND TOTTENHAM SET TO BATTLE IT OUT FOR £40M DEFENDER

https://www.thesportsman.com/articles/chelsea-manchester-united-and-tottenham-set-to-battle-it-out-for-40m-defender

 

Bournemouth boss Eddie Howe is resigned to the fact that star defender Nathan Ake is likely to leave the Cherries this season, but the south coast manager is ready ignite a bidding war for the £40m rated man with Chelsea, Manchester United and Tottenham Hotspur are ready to try and snap up the Dutchman.

Ake joined Bournemouth from Chelsea last year in a deal worth £20m, but The Sun are reporting that the Blues have the chance to kick-start a £40m buy-back clause and Howe is almost certain that he will lose one of his men defensive assets.

So much so that Howe is already on the lookout for a replacement for Ake, who has been an integral figure in the Bournemouth back-line for the last couple of years, but while Chelsea have an option of grabbing their former player back, it's reported that a raft of top-flight clubs are interested in signing the 23-year-old and Jose Mourinho at United and Mauricio Pochettino at Spurs are sure to take an interest, while Pep Guardiola at Manchester City is another that could line up a surge for the classy performer.

With so many huge clubs looking to bolster their defensive ranks then it could work in Bournemouth's favour, who could well kick off a best-bid-wins style scramble for Ake's services, and it could end up with a fee of more than £40m paid for the Cherries man, which will in turn give Howe a tidy sum to go and find a replacement.

Ake has featured in every single Bournemouth league game this season, and has turned himself into one of the leading defensive performers in the division.

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21 minutes ago, lucio said:

I'd take him at left back over alonso

Great yeah lets buy a CB who has made maybe 10 appearances at LB his whole career and use him there. Square peg round hole.

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20 minutes ago, OneMoSalah said:

Great yeah lets buy a CB who has made maybe 10 appearances at LB his whole career and use him there. Square peg round hole.

he's very versatile, we used him in midfield in a european semi final, as a teenager, and he did well

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9 minutes ago, lucio said:

he's very versatile, we used him in midfield in a european semi final, as a teenager, and he did well

He plays CB every week and has done regularly for about 3 seasons now,  at Watford and at Bournemouth. He plays for the Dutch NT as a CB. Hes not a midfielder or a full back. If we were to sign him it would be as a CB. No more square pegs in round holes. Have we learned nothing. 

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13 minutes ago, OneMoSalah said:

He plays CB every week and has done regularly for about 3 seasons now,  at Watford and at Bournemouth. He plays for the Dutch NT as a CB. Hes not a midfielder or a full back. If we were to sign him it would be as a CB. No more square pegs in round holes. Have we learned nothing. 

I've always been one for buying a layer who has traiuned his whole professin for one position.Like a knife made for a specific purpose. But Ive become more open to us buying players who are more like Swiss Army knives. One knife that is multi functioned.

But Ake is am out n out CB and I really dont think we would use him as LB

I wonder how Dave wouldd get on back on the left side? And we buy a RB

 

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1 hour ago, Unionjack said:

AKE OR BREAK

Chelsea in shock £40m move for ex-defender Nathan Ake

The Blues - who sold the 23-year-old to the Cherries in 2017 - have a buy-back option on the Dutch international

https://www.thesun.co.uk/sport/football/8180678/chelsea-nathan-ake-summer-swoop-40m/

is ake so necessary? really don't understand the board's policy

chelsea is the second best defence in premier, after liverpool

but the 5th best attack

 

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Just now, Antonio8 said:

is ake so necessary? really don't understand the board's policy

Cant see it as one of our ppriorities with Ampadu with us

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He's developing well at Bournemouth and the way the market is heading £40m might not be the most ridiculous money when we sold him far less proven for £20m.

I think it is someone we could well look at in the summer if Luiz was to leave (although I'd prefer Luiz to stay at present).

The club also has to be aware of the homegrown quota because with Fabregas left, and the likes of Moses, Cahill and Drinkwater likely leaving soon we have to ensure we're not left short in this regard. 

I believe Ake would be not only homegrown but club trained for european purposes too?

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Just now, Unionjack said:

Cant see it as one of our ppriorities with Ampadu with us

yeah. especially because chelsea defensive phase is ok 

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