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Bournemouth Break Transfer Record Yet Again: Will It Turn Out To Be A Better Investment This Time Around?

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Abhishek Majumdar
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Bournemouth are looking to rebuild their squad for the next season and have already notched up two good signings this summer in the form of goalkeeper Asmir Begovic from Chelsea and veteran striker Jermain Defoe from Sunderland.

Eddie Howe, their current manager, does not look to be in any mood to stop and has clinched one more signing, which might turn to be the most important one for them so far, as they have brought in the Chelsea defender Nathan Ake, to play for them in the next season.

The Dutch international was an integral part of the Bournemouth line-up last season as well, as he was let on loan by Chelsea to play for the Cherries. He did have a good season with them and helped them to finish at the ninth position in the league table in the last term. He featured in 12 games for them in the season and played a pivotal role by scoring three crucial goals to help the South Coast club to a superb finish.

The 22-year-old has been regarded as one of the best young talents in the Premier League. However, he has been neglected by Chelsea, who have not handed him enough time out in the middle in the last four seasons. In fact, Ake has been on the sidelines for most of the time and has featured in only 17 games for his club in four years, who went to lift the league title in the last season.

The Dutch centre-back was also sent on loan to Watford in the 2015/16 season. He has been looking for first team starts on a regular basis and hopefully will get them with the Cherries, as he looks to begin a new season with a new team.

Eddie Howe has been considering Ake as a part of his plans for the next season as well and is more than happy to have him in his squad on a permanent basis. He is sure that the youngster will add more solidity to his defence and will help the team reach new heights in the forthcoming days.

The 22-year-old defender has signed for the South Coast club on a three year long deal and is considered as the costliest buy for the Cherries so far at a price of £20 million. Their biggest bid so far before Ake was the ex-Liverpool winger Jordan Ibe, who was brought into Dean Court for £15 million in July 2016. So will Ake be a better signing than Ibe?

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