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"They are close to agreeing a deal" - Manager confirms Chelsea held discussions to finalise centre back deal


Bournemouth are increasingly confident they are close to agreeing a deal to sign Nathan Ake from Chelsea, according to Sky Sports.

The Dutchman is also a target for Leicester City and Southampton.

He spent the first half of last season on loan at Bournemouth but was recalled by manager Antonio Conte.

Cherries boss Eddie Howe confirmed a few months ago that he wants to sign the player on a permanent basis.

"We had discussions with Chelsea. The bid that has been reported in the media was miles off the mark," he said.

"We made an enquiry about the opportunity of bringing him back on loan or on a permanent deal, but that was declined."

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