Arsenal join the race to sign €35m-rated Premier League defender

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London club have reportedly been given some excellent news regarding Bournemouth centre-back Nathan Ake. The Netherlands international has shone with the Cherries for some time now, having previously failed to make the grade at former club Chelsea.

Chelsea have also recently been linked as admirers of Nathan, with the Telegraph recently stating they were favourites over Gunners to win the race for his signature.

That report suggested Bournemouth could listen to offers of around £45m for Ake, though Blues had the option of landing him for more like £40m due to having a buy-back clause in his deal. Still, the good news for Arsenal is that a fresh update from Sky Sports claims Blues have cooled their interest in the 24-year-old centre-back.

Gunners will surely be hoping this can now put them in pole position, though one imagines the Dutch defender could also end up attracting interest from other top clubs. The Spanish manager, however, has inherited a difficult job at the Emirates Stadium, particularly due to the lack of quality options at defence.

David Luiz and Sokratis Papastathopoulos don’t look the most reliable central defensive pairing, while Shkodran Mustafi is also not a reliable enough backup. If Gunners could end up doing a deal for Nathan at nearly £45m, that would have to go down as a bargain that would see them majorly bolster a problem position.

Chelsea don’t seem keen on the footballer, as they could also do with upgrades on unconvincing performers like Kurt Zouma and Andreas Christensen.

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