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Chelsea 'have first refusal on Nathan Ake'

Chelsea 'have first refusal on Ake'
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Chelsea reportedly have first refusal on Bournemouth defender Nathan Ake, who has been linked with Manchester United and Tottenham Hotspur.

Chelsea reportedly have first refusal on Bournemouth defender Nathan Ake, who is said to be attracting interest from Manchester United and Tottenham Hotspur following a strong start to the season.

Ake, 23, spent the first half of the 2016-17 campaign on loan at Bournemouth, before joining the Cherries on a permanent deal in the summer of 2017.

Eddie Howe's team paid £20m to secure the centre-back's signature, and he has impressed at the Vitality Stadium.

United and Tottenham have both recently been linked with moves for the Netherlands international, but according to The Telegraph, Chelsea have a 'gentleman's agreement' with Bournemouth meaning that they could re-sign Ake for £40m if they wish.

Ake made 17 Chelsea appearances during his time at Stamford Bridge.


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Tables
TeamPWDLFAGDPTS
1Manchester CityMan City1210203653132
2Liverpool129302351830
3Chelsea128402781928
4Tottenham HotspurSpurs1290320101027
5Arsenal1273226151124
6Bournemouth126242116520
7Watford126241714320
8Manchester UnitedMan Utd126242021-120
9Everton125431915419
10Leicester CityLeicester125251716117
11Wolverhampton WanderersWolves124441213-116
12Brighton & Hove AlbionBrighton124261318-514
13West Ham UnitedWest Ham123361418-412
14Newcastle UnitedNewcastle12237915-69
15Burnley122371225-139
16Crystal Palace12228817-98
17Southampton12156821-138
18Cardiff CityCardiff122281125-148
19Huddersfield TownHuddersfield12147622-167
20Fulham121291131-205

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