Manchester City have had an official bid of £41million accepted for Bournemouth’s Nathan Ake.
The former Premier League champions have already started their spending for the summer window by potentially giving the Dutchman a one-way ticket out of the Championship. However, Chelsea have the power to rain on Pep Guardiola’s parade due to a clause inserted into Ake’s deal when he left Stamford Bridge in 2017 (via talkSPORT).
Should Chelsea re-sign Nathan Ake?
According to the update, part of the defender’s move to Bournemouth included allowing Chelsea to consider re-signing him before he moved to a new club. With Man City and the Cherries agreed on a £41m deal, they must first give Frank Lampard and Co the option to match the offer.
Therefore, Ake will not officially become part of Guardiola’s squad until Chelsea decide whether they want to bring their former man back to Stamford Bridge.
There’s a good chance Lampard may see a future in West London for the Dutch international, who spent four years as a Chelsea player but spent three seasons on loan with multiple clubs (via Transfermarkt).
The Blues are looking to strengthen their defensive options ahead of next season and Ake could be an attractive target to Lampard who hasn’t settled on a centre-back partnership this term. The 42-year-old has chopped and changed the heart of his defence throughout the 2019/20 season, with no particular combination seeming to impress him.
Ake of course left Chelsea before Lampard’s tenure, so the former Blue could be interested in bringing him back to the Bridge and getting him involved in his exciting West London project.
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