After mounting speculation dating all the way back to January with Chelsea’s decision to recall Nathan Aké from his loan spell at Bournemouth, the south coast side are set to complete the signing of the promising Dutchman for a fee in the region of £20 million.

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According to the Evening Standard, Ake has cut short his holiday to fly back to London and complete the move back to Bournemouth.

The versatile defender, who Chelsea poached from Feyenoord in 2011 at the age of 16, follows Asmir Begovic from the London club to the Cherries. Aké spent the first half of the 2016/17 season with Bournemouth putting in assured performances and winning over manager Eddie Howe. Such was his impact that Bournemouth made an approach for the Dutchman on deadline day in January, only a few weeks after his loan deal had ended.

Nevertheless, circumstances have changed between the clubs, with the Blues acceding to Aké’s desire to be playing regularly, considering the Dutch international only made 7 league appearances with Chelsea in his five-year spell. With his progression in mind and regret over the errors made with Romelu  Lukaku’s departure, Chelsea have inserted a buy-back clause into the final deal.

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