Bournemouth stun Chelsea with £18million Nathan Ake deadline day bid as defender considers his options

The Dutch defender impressed on loan with the Cherries and his future is now in his own hands

Jack Pitt-Brooke
Tuesday 31 January 2017 18:39
Nathan Ake was brilliant on loan with the south coast club
Nathan Ake was brilliant on loan with the south coast club

Bournemouth have surprised Chelsea with an £18million bid for Dutch defender Nathan Ake on the afternoon of deadline day.

But the Blues have now closed the door on any potential exit, with the versatile youngster now considered a first-team player by coach Antonio Conte.

Ake spent the first half of this season on loan at Bournemouth and impressed them so much that Eddie Howe decided to go in with today’s serious bid.

Chelsea recalled Ake from loan at the start of this month. Antonio Conte wanted a new defender as squad back-up and was told to use one of the club’s youngsters rather than bringing in a new player. So Ake, who can play left-back or centre-back or even in midfield, was brought back from Bournemouth.

Conte wanted to integrate him into the first-team group, and he gave Ake a rare Chelsea start in the FA Cup against Brentford on Saturday.

Ake, 21, is now likely to spend the rest of the season gradually integrating with the first-team squad as they look to hold off a title challenge from cross-town rivals Tottenham.

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