According to the latest reports, Chelsea have set their sights on one of their former players, Nathan Ake.
The Blues shipped him off to AFC Bournemouth for £20m in June 2017 after a successful loan spell with the club. Maurizio Sarri is impressed with the Dutchman’s development and is looking to activate the £40m buy-back clause that was inserted into his deal.
Eddie Howe refused to comment on the matter after Bournemouth’s 2-0 defeat against Everton on Sunday evening but the Cherries boss could be in a difficult spot if Chelsea decides to take advantage of the situation.
Ake is one of the regular figures at Dean Court and is also the club’s second most expensive signing, followed up by Dominic Solanke’s recent arrival from Liverpool for £19m. He has featured in 23 games this season and has already scored 3 crucial goals for the Dorset-based outfit.
He originally started out in the youth academy of Chelsea but could never earn a spot in the first team. Like several players in the South London club’s payroll was loaned out to Reading, Watford and Bournemouth for further development.
Being the versatile player that he is, Ake started out as a defensive midfielder and then progressed from left-back all way to a centre-half. He has already been capped 10 times for the Netherlands national team and also has a contract with Bournemouth till the summer of 2022.
Chelsea are currently in an uneasy spot with David Luiz earning his way back into the first team under Sarri and subsequently running out of a contract with the club. The Blues are hesitant towards offering players over 30 more than a year worth of an agreement and the Brazilian defender is not too pleased with the club’s policy.