Arsenal are set to compete with Chelsea and a host of other Premier League clubs for the signature of Bournemouth defender Nathan Ake this month.
Ake, 24, started his professional career at Stamford Bridge before his loan move to Bournemouth became permanent in 2017.
As part of the deal, the Blues are reportedly entitled to exercise a buy-back clause of £40m if they want to bring him back to west London.
Frank Lampard is said to be considering a move for the Dutchman, who shared a dressing room with him for two years at the club, but it seems he will face competition from London rivals Arsenal.
According to The Telegraph , the Gunners are eyeing up a deal for Ake after Callum Chambers was ruled out for six to nine months with a knee injury.
Chambers, who hobbled off early on in the 2-1 defeat at home to Chelsea last Sunday, underwent surgery on Thursday having ruptured his anterior cruciate ligament.
He now faces a lengthy spell on the sidelines, meaning new boss Mikel Arteta is in the market for a replacement.
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Callum Chambers faces a lengthy spell out after hobbling off with a knee injury in Sunday’s defeat against Chelsea
It is believed Arteta’s admiration for Ake dates back to his time as Manchester City assistant manager, but the former Blues star has been on Arsenal’s radar long before they appointed the Spaniard.
Ake is also said to be close to Gunners centre-half David Luiz, who is a massive fan of his old team-mate and has invited him to his fancy dress parties.
Ake is close to Arsenal defender David Luiz
As well as the north London outfit, City, Tottenham and Everton are reportedly monitoring Ake’s situation.
He is a versatile option for any potential suitors, given he is capable of operating at centre-back, left-back…