Arsenal and Chelsea are interested in signing Bournemouth centre-back Nathan Ake this month, according to reports.
The Gunners are keen to add defensive reinforcements after Calum Chambers was ruled out for up to nine months with a ruptured anterior cruciate ligament in his knee.
Chelsea are also interested in 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.
It has been reported that the release clause expires at the end of the month.
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 previously confirmed that the Gunners will be active in the transfer market in light of Chambers’ injury.
But speaking ahead of the trip to Crystal Palace, Arteta said the club are looking but played down any imminent arrivals.
“I don’t know, I’m not expecting big things,” he said.
“I’m expecting big things from the players I have at the moment, the players that are recovering from injuries.
“That’s the biggest expectations from my side, they’re there. If we can find something to help us go through the…