AFC Bournemouth are reportedly close to the re-signing of Nathan Ake, but this time it is on a permanent basis from Premier League champions Chelsea. The report further goes on the state that the 22-year-old will become the Cherries' record signing, setting them back £20 million.
Last summer he was sent to Bournemouth on loan in a bid to get more experience and build upon an extremely promising loan spell at Watford in the 2015/16 season and Ake thoroughly impressed, making 12 appearances and scoring 3 goals across all competitions in a 6 month spell.
"I had a great time here last season so I'm really happy to be back", said Ake.
Howe played a huge part in securing Ake amid competition and the Netherlands worldwide made it clear to Chelsea that he wanted to leave over a lack of first team opportunities. I always set the bar high so I know there is a lot of things I still have to work on.
Chief executive Neill Blake said the arrivals of Ake, Begovic and Defoe show Bournemouth's ambition to improve on last season's ninth-place finish in the Premier League. Ake's transfer, when made official will make him the seventh Chelsea player to depart this summer.
Given John Terry's eventual departure and the return of some very promising players back from loan spells, it seems unlikely that Ake is going to get a look into the first team at Stamford Bridge.
'He has a very bright future ahead of him and I'm very pleased to say that future is here'.