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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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TeamPWDLFAGDPTS
1Liverpool23193154134160
2Manchester CityMan City23182362174556
3Tottenham HotspurSpurs23170648232551
4Chelsea23145440192147
5Arsenal23135548321644
6Manchester UnitedMan Utd23135546331344
7Watford239683232033
8Wolverhampton WanderersWolves239592731-432
9Leicester CityLeicester2394102929031
10West Ham UnitedWest Ham2394103034-431
11Everton238693433130
12Bournemouth2393113342-930
13Brighton & Hove AlbionBrighton2375112532-726
14Crystal Palace2364132332-922
15Southampton2357112540-1522
16Burnley2364132343-2022
17Newcastle UnitedNewcastle2356121931-1221
18Cardiff CityCardiff2354141944-2519
19Fulham2335152151-3014
20Huddersfield TownHuddersfield2325161340-2711

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