Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe admits the club are powerless to keep Nathan Ake at the club amid interest in the defender from Chelsea and Manchester City.
The Dutch international is attracting interest from some of the division’s leading sides following his consistent performances on the South Coast, champions Man City reportedly eyeing a January move for the 24-year-old as they look to add to their depleted defensive options.
Ake’s former club Chelsea are also monitoring the player after their transfer ban was lifted ahead of the winter window, with Frank Lampard‘s side seemingly in pole position to secure his signature having placed a £40 million buy-back clause in the deal that took the centre-back to Bournemouth two years ago.
Howe has reiterated his desire to keep his playing squad together, with winger Ryan Fraser also entering the final months of his contract at the Vitality Stadium, but insists some things are out of his control when it comes to potential departures.
“It would be obviously my wish to hold onto everybody but some of these things are out of our control,” Howe told Sky Sports News.
“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.
“Obviously, we will be doing our best to be as strong as we can into the second half of the season.”