CHERRIES are among a number of Premier League clubs "keen" on signing Nathan Ake this summer, according to a report by 90min.

The English football transfer website claim Manchester City have told the Dutchman he is "free to leave" this summer, two years after he joined them from Cherries.

Ake, 27, left Cherries to join City in a £41million deal in 2020, penning a five-year contract.

But the defender, a fans' favourite at Vitality Stadium, has not quite managed to establish himself as a regular starter for Pep Guardiola's side, also battling injury issues in the past two seasons.

Ake has won three trophies during his time in Manchester, including back-to-back Premier League titles.

He has made 40 appearances for the club, scoring four goals.

But 90min claim the Netherlands international could leave Etihad Stadium this summer, should the right offer arrive.

Chelsea have been strongly linked with a move for their former centre-back, while fellow Premier League sides Tottenham Hotspur, Aston Villa, West Ham United, Newcastle United and Cherries are also credited with an interest.

The report goes on to say some of the above sides would "prefer a loan deal", with Man City preferring a permanent sale, if Ake is to leave.

However, the Daily Echo understands Cherries are not looking to make a move to sign their former player this summer.

Cherries have made two signings this summer, in free agents Ryan Fredericks and Joe Rothwell.