Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe has said that no formal approach has been made to the club for defender Nathan Ake, despite him being linked with both Chelsea and Arsenal.
The defender joined the Cherries from Chelsea on a permanent deal in the summer of 2017 and has gone from strength to strength in Bournemouth’s defence, attracting interest from Premier League rivals.
Ake is currently out of action after picking up a hamstring injury against Liverpool at the start of December, making him one of a number of players unavailable to Howe.
Prior to his injury, the Dutchman played in every minute of the Cherries’ Premier League campaign, and his performances both in this and last season have led to reports that Arsenal have shown an interest.
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There are also claims that Chelsea have a £40 million buy back clause for the defender as part of the deal that saw him leave Stamford Bridge.
However, Howe has poured cold water on any suggestion that a move could be imminent.
“Nothing to report on Nathan (Ake),” he said when asked about any approaches for the defender (via the Daily Mail ). “He is recovering well from his injury, we will see when he is back fit.”
Arsenal are on the lookout for a central defender, with the search now intensified due to news that Calum Chambers will be out for six to nine months after injuring his knee.
Chelsea are also looking to strengthen their squad during the transfer window, with reports suggesting that Lampard will be given a budget of around £150 million.