Bournemouth close in on club-record Nathan Ake signing
01 July 2017, 12:14 | Isaac Mcdaniel
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'I had a great time here last season so I'm really happy to be back, ' said Ake.
Dutch worldwide defender Ake, meanwhile, is set to rejoin Bournemouth for a fee rumoured to be in the region of £20 million, with the 22-year-old having left a lasting impression on Cherries boss Eddie Howe during a loan spell at the Vitality Stadium last year.
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Ake's aptitude in possession will naturally appeal to Cherries manager Eddie Howe, who encourages his teams to play stylishly on the deck. One of his previous loan spells includes a year with Watford, where he was voted Young Player of The Season by the fans for his performances. However, he would only go on to make 5 appearances for the club after his return.
The Blues have already raised around £42m from the sales of Begovic, Juan Cuadrado, Christian Atsu and Bertrand Traore this summer, as they prepare for a spending spree meant to equip Conte with a squad capable of challenging in the Champions League next season.
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