Various sources are claiming that Nathan Ake is a target for Manchester City this summer.
The BBC are among the sites who say that a £40m bid will be made – and possibly accepted – for the Dutchman, who was at Chelsea not long ago.
Under Antonio Conte the decision was made to bring him back for the second half of the title winning season after a good 6 months at Bournemouth, but he was stuck on the bench once again and that summer made the permanent move to the South Coast.
That was despite the fact he had always impressed a lot for us when given the chance, and plenty of fans were grumbling about the decision back then. It seems they have been proved right.
He’s quick, technical and composed. Everything you would want in a modern centre back, and even had academy status for us. There were various rumours at the time about sell-on fees and maybe even a buyback, but that will all be moot if he chooses to join the current champions.
At the time it seemed clear that he was the future, and it was time to phase out David Luiz and Gary Cahill. It seemed Conte wasn’t willing or able to promise the youngster that, and now he’s gone and developed just as we expected elsewhere.
Once again, someone else will benefit from the years of time and sums of money spent developing one of our talents.