Howe makes Ake admission

Nathan Ake

Bournemouth boss Eddie Howe admits he may be powerless to prevent Nathan Ake from leaving the club during the January transfer window.

Dutch international Ake joined Bournemouth for a reported £20million from Chelsea in 2017 following a successful loan spell and he has certainly impressed during his time at the Vitality Stadium.

However, Chelsea are believed to have a £40million buyback option on the central defender and they are reportedly interested in activating that clause after the Court of Arbitration for Sport opted to reduce their transfer ban.

Bournemouth will be keen not to lose Ake, but Howe has conceded that he could be powerless to stop the 24-year-old from moving on if a substantial bid comes in.

Speaking of the situation surrounding Ake, Howe told reporters: “It would be obviously my wish to hold on to everybody. Some of these things are out of our control.

“We will wait and see. I don’t want to give you evasive answers but I am in no control of that at the moment.

“A lot of things with transfers [from] trying to bring players in, trying to keep the squad we have, is out of my hands.”

Ake has not missed a Premier League game for Bournemouth since joining the club on a permanent basis, but he could be set for a spell on the sidelines after suffering a hamstring injury in last weekend’s 3-0 home defeat to Liverpool.

The former Watford loanee was replaced during the first half of that match by Jack Simpson and, with Steve Cook already on the sidelines, Bournemouth are facing something of a defensive injury crisis.

The Cherries have lost five Premier League matches on the spin and they will travel to Stamford Bridge to take on Chelsea on Saturday, a fixture that is likely to intensify the speculation surrounding Ake.