Tottenham’s pursuit of Bournemouth defender Nathan Ake could turn into a tug-of-war with Arsenal now reportedly interested in the Dutch international.
According to The Daily Star, the Gunners will enter the race for the 5′11″ defender that could become the subject of plenty of interest from Premier League clubs in the summer depending on where the Cherries finish this season, with Eddie Howe’s side currently just two points above the relegation zone.
Tottenham have long been reported to be interested in a move for Ake, with The Express reporting that Jose Mourinho views the former Chelsea defender as a name that could be part of a massive defensive overhaul for the club, with the duo briefly working together during their last spells in west London.
Would you take Nathan Ake?
With a Transfermarkt valuation of £31.5m, Ake could be an expensive signing in the summer window should Tottenham plot to go in for the defender, and the now reported interest from Arsenal in the Den Haag-born player could result in a bidding war between the two north London clubs which might price Spurs out of a deal for the 24-year-old centre-back.
Yet if history has taught us anything, it’s that Tottenham are not afraid to spend big on defenders who could change the backline for the better, with Spurs signing Davinson Sanchez for a then club-record fee of £42m as reported by BBC Sport, and a similar situation could arise this summer for Ake.
Bournemouth’s Premier League survival will play a massive factor into if Tottenham can pip the likes of Arsenal to Ake, but with Spurs showing in the past willing to splash big fees for centre-backs if needed, Daniel Levy and Mourinho could be confident in getting a deal done for the 24-year-old Dutch international.