Does Nathan Ake’s £20 million Bournemouth fee make sense or not?
Ake played for Bournemouth on loan last season and impressed – can he do it on a permanent basis?
After a 2016/17 season spent at both Bournemouth (on loan) and Chelsea, Nathan Ake has signed permanently for the Cherries for a club-record fee believed to be in the region of £20 million.
It’s undoubtedly a great move for the Dutch international, but at 22 years of age and with only 41 Premier League appearances to his name, is £20 million a little much?
Since June 2015, Chelsea have sold players for £168m who had started a combined 29 league games for them in the year prior to the sale.— Daniel Storey (@danielstorey85) June 30, 2017
How do we feel about Nathan Ake being worth £20million?— Dean Jones (@DeanJonesBR) June 29, 2017
Chelsea are certainly getting good money for players they decide they no longer want, aren’t they?
Nearly £30million for Betrand Traore and Nathan Ake - and some people say Chelsea's academy isn't working...— Graeme Bailey (@GraemeBailey) June 30, 2017
Premier League-flation: Nathan Aké becomes Bournemouth's record signing, £20m, after making a total of 35 league starts in 5 yrs for 4 clubs— Nick Harris (@sportingintel) June 30, 2017
However, while the reported fee makes the west London club appear to be the winners in this case, is there a chance the Blues have made a mistake?
Great to see Nathan Ake back at Bournemouth, but really surprised Chelsea let him go considering he's perfect for that back three...— Jack Lusby (@jacklusby_) June 30, 2017
Fans seemed very complimentary of the defender upon his move – would they rather he’d stayed?
Enjoy him lads. Wish him all the best at yous going forward. Massive talent— Blueboy (@mrEH98) June 30, 2017
Chelsea have a recent history of buying players back for more than they sold them, and some fans seem to think they’ll be back for Ake at some point.
Develop him into an established player— MrBlueGuy (@ItsMrBlueGuy) June 30, 2017
We will buy him back after a couple of years
Whether or not that works out for the club is for time to decide.
One thing is for certain – whether they paid too much or not enough, the Cherries have secured a promising talent.
And will fantasy football managers be made to pay over the odds for him next season?
With Asmir Begovic, Jermain Defoe and Ake having joined Bournemouth already this summer, Eddie Howe is clearly not wasting any time.