Bournemouth Sign Nathan Ake from Chelsea

Bournemouth have signed defender Nathan Ake for a club record fee from Premier League champions Chelsea.

The Netherlands international, 22, had a spell on loan with the Cherries last season and scored three goals in 12 games before being recalled.

The fee, reported to be £20m, breaks Bournemouth’s previous record – the £15m paid to Liverpool for winger Jordon Ibe in July 2016.

Ake has signed a long-term deal and is the Cherries’ third summer signing.

England striker Jermain Defoe signed on Thursday from Sunderland and Bosnia goalkeeper Asmir Begovic arrived from Chelsea in May.

Ake joined Chelsea in 2012 and made 17 appearances for the Stamford Bridge side. He spent the 2015-16 season on loan at Watford in the Premier League.

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