Chelsea Deem Nathan Ake Not Good Enough, Lets Up On £40m Transfer

Sky Sports journalist, Kaveh Solhekol claims Chelsea will be passing up on Nathan Ake this January.

The Blues have a clause to buy Ake back from Bournemouth for £40m, paying only a £20m in addition to what they originally sold him for.

Frank Lampard has recognized the defence to be a major problem despite having four centre-halfs to choose from. The Blues are fourth in the Premier League standings but have a goal difference of only ten. That is because they have conceded 28 goals in 22 games this season, the second-worst record in the top half of the table.

Ake has developed into a quality player for the Cherries. At 24, he continues to improve but he might not be as good as his £40m price tag suggests. Chelsea are also looking for players who would be an immediate upgrade from the current crop. They cannot guarantee if the Dutch international will be that player.

But then again, they cannot expect that sort of upgrade within £40m. The likes of Kalidou Koulibaly or even Dayot Upamecano of RB Leipzig will cost upwards of £50-60m. The Blues also need to prioritise the signing of a backup striker to Tammy Abraham.

Olivier Giroud has agreed personal terms with Inter Milan and seems set on leaving. Michy Batshuayi’s Chelsea future is also uncertain. Bringing in either Moussa Dembele or Timo Werner would more ideal for Chelsea at this point of time.

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