Bournemouth have signed Chelsea defender Nathan Ake for a club record fee, reported to be in the region of £20million.
The 22-year-old Holland international spent the first half of last season on loan with the Cherries, and has put pen to paper on a long-term deal at the Vitality Stadium, the Premier League club have announced.
Welcome back, @NathanAke! ?
— AFC Bournemouth ? (@afcbournemouth) June 30, 2017
He joins former Sunderland striker Jermain Defoe who completed a move to Bournemouth on Thursday as manager Eddie Howe continues his summer recruitment ahead of the 2017-18 season.
Ake scored three goals in 12 appearances for Bournemouth last season before being recalled in January by Chelsea, where he featured sporadically as Antonio Conte’s side won the Premier League title and reached the FA Cup final.
Ake joined Chelsea from Feyenoord as a 16-year-old in 2011 but after breaking into the first team the following year had loan spells with Reading and Watford because of limited opportunities at Stamford Bridge.