Cape Town - Chelsea are reportedly looking to activate a release clause to bring defender Nathan Ake back to west London from Bournemouth.
The Blues sold Ake to Bournemouth for £20million back in 2017, but
had the nous to include a buy-back clause in the deal that allows them
first option to buy him back for £40 million.
In today's market the central defender is worth more than that, so in
effect they are getting a good deal despite having to pay way more than
what they sold him for.
Thanks to first-team opportunities that he wasn't getting at Stamford
Bridge at the time, Ake has excelled with the Cherries and a number of
top clubs have been linked with a swoop to take him away.
However Chelsea are in the box seat after reports claimed the clause
does exist and Blues boss Frank Lampard wants to take him back.
Lampard will be looking to make a host of signings during the January
transfer window, and central defence is an area that needs attention as
he looks to move the club on to the next level.
At 24 years of age Ake still has his best years ahead of him and has
the kind of profile that Lampard is looking for in a player.
Bournemouth did well to keep hold of the defender in the January
transfer window, and the Holland international will now do all he can to
help keep them in the Premier League.
Eddie Howe's men face a huge battle to stay in the top flight as they
are in the thick of a relegation battle, but it looks as though Ake
will be playing Premier League football next season no matter what.
Other clubs who are in need of a central defender will also be in the
running for Ake, but Chelsea hold the trump cards and are favourites to
get him back on board.
- TeamTalk Media