Just as quickly as the Independent claimed that Chelsea are letting Nathan Aké decide his own future following a supposed £18m bid from AFC Bournemouth for his services, multiple reports have dropped saying the exact opposite: Aké to Bournemouth is a non-starter.
Here’s ESPN’s Liam Twomey for example:
Bournemouth clearly like Ake but Chelsea have done nothing to encourage interest & their stance hasn't changed: He's staying #cfc— Liam Twomey (@liam_twomey) January 31, 2017
Here’s the Evening Standard’s Simon Johnson:
From what I understand, #cfc position re. Ake hasn't changed since the tweet and story I wrote earlier today.don't want to sell a top talent— Simon Johnson (@sjstandardsport) January 31, 2017
Here’s the one and only Dan Levene:
Lots of questions being asked about Ake. No - he's not on the bench. Yes - he is here (seen him myself). No - he won't be Bournemouth bound.— Dan Levene (@danlevene) January 31, 2017
And here’s the dynamic Telegraph duo of Jeremy Wilson and Matt Law:
Bournemouth to let Grabban join Reading on loan + working on £4m sale of Max Gradel to Hull City. Ake definitely not returning from Chelsea.— Jeremy Wilson (@JWTelegraph) January 31, 2017
Overwhelming evidence one way or another is generally a decent indicator of how a rumor will pan out in the end, though surprises cannot be ruled out categorically until the transfer window closes in a little over 3.5 hours.
That said, Nathan Aké is not in the matchday squad tonight against Liverpool, even though he has traveled with the team. Instead, it’s John Terry on the bench, which is something we haven’t seen in the Premier League in over two months, since before Thanksgiving.