Arsenal and Chelsea are both interested in signing Bournemouth centre-back Nathan Ake this month, according reports.
The Gunners are looking for defensive reinforcements after Calum Chambers was ruled out for up to nine months with a ruptured anterior cruciate ligament in his knee.
Chelsea are keen on Ake, with Frank Lampard’s side having an agreement where they can re-sign the defender for £40 million, but The Telegraph report that Arsenal would also be able to buy the player for a similar price.
The Dutchman joined the Cherries from Chelsea in 2017 after having spent time on loan on the south coast under Eddie Howe the previous season, and has established himself as one of the best defenders outside the top six.
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Other Premier League sides have been linked with the 24-year-old, such as Everton, Tottenham Hotspur and Manchester City, but speaking last month, Pep Guardiola ruled out doing any business in the window transfer window.
“No, it’s not an issue,” he told the Manchester Evening News. “We don’t speak about that. With these players we started the season, we are going to finish the season.
“If something I think is going to happen, it will be in summer time.”
Arsenal head coach Mikel Arteta has confirmed that the Gunners will be active in the transfer market in light of Chambers’ injury.
Speaking ahead of their FA Cup tie against Leeds, Arteta said: “That we’re going to try to be in the market to see options that can strengthen the team.
“That’s for sure. That’s our obligation. We’re going to be working on that.
“My obligation is to give my opinion on the things I think we can improve. Obviously we have some bad injury with Calum [Chambers] a few days ago that is going to change our plans at the back.
“But the reality at the moment is we’re not going to be able to do much.