Following reported interest from Spurs in Bournemouth and Holland defender Nathan Ake, comments made by Liverpool defender and Dutch captain Virgil Van Dijk have resurfaced.
The Sun have reported that Tottenham are interested in Ake and will look to land him in a £40 million deal.
After Liverpool’s 3-0 win over Bournemouth in April, Van Dijk spoke out about Ake’s potential as a player.
Speaking to the Daily Echo, Van Dijk “Nathan is a great player and a great guy and I like him a lot,
“It is difficult to play against our attack but I know how good he can be. He is still young and can learn a lot.
“As captain of Holland, I hope for him to grow as a player and as a human being. I hope he can achieve as much as possible and, when we are with the national team, I can help him as well. He is doing very well and has so much potential.”
Ake has played 10 times for the Dutch first team since 2017 but will find it difficult to break into the starting XI with totemic pairing Van Dijk and De Ligt occupying central defence.
Perhaps Ake feels a move to a club in the Champions League would provide him with a better base from which he could improve his claims for first-team football for Holland.
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Van Dijk’s comments bode well if Spurs are to pursue Ake this summer and it’s a positive that he has Van Dijk to look up to when he links up with the national squad throughout the season.
Ake is obviously a key player for Bournemouth so the £40 million price tag comes as no surprise. I personally think that money could be invested elsewhere to improve our weakest positions: central midfield and right back.
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