Monday 19 March 2018

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?

(John Walton/PA)
(John Walton/PA)

By Max McLean

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?

Chelsea are certainly getting good money for players they decide they no longer want, aren’t they?

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?

Fans seemed very complimentary of the defender upon his move – would they rather he’d stayed?

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.

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.

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