Arsenal given huge boost in pursuit of potential £45m transfer

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Arsenal have reportedly been given some excellent news regarding Bournemouth centre-back Nathan Ake.

The Dutchman has shone with the Cherries for some time now, having previously failed to make the grade at former club Chelsea.

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

That report suggested Bournemouth could listen to offers of around £45million for Nathan Ake, though Chelsea had the option of landing him for more like £40m due to having a buy-back clause in his agreement.

Still, the good news for Arsenal is that a fresh update from Sky Sports claims Chelsea have cooled their interest in the 24-year-old defender.

Arsenal will surely be hoping this can now put them in pole position, though one imagines Nathan Ake could also end up attracting interest from other top clubs.

Mikel Arteta, however, has inherited a difficult job at the Emirates Stadium, mainly due to the lack of quality choices at centre-back.

Sokratis Papastathopoulos and David Luiz don’t look the most reliable central defensive pairing, while Shkodran Mustafi is also not a safe enough backup.

If the Gunners could end up doing a deal for Ake at around £45m, that would have to go down as a bargain that would see them majorly strengthen a problem position.

It’s puzzling that Sky claim Chelsea don’t appear keen on the player, as they could also do with upgrades on unconvincing performers like Andreas Christensen and Kurt Zouma.