Nathan Ake latest: Tottenham and Arsenal lurking as Chelsea ‘drop interest’ in Bournemouth star

Names continued to get linked with the London clubs as the January transfer window begins to take shape.

Arsenal, Chelsea and Tottenham are all on the lookout for players to improve their squad over the next few weeks, although Tottenham are the only one of the three to make a signing so far this month, with the addition of Gedson Fernandes.

One name that keeps cropping up is Bournemouth defender Nathan Ake, who has impressed at the Vitality Stadium since completing a permanent move from Chelsea in 2017.

The blues have been linked with a move to take him back to Stamford Bridge, and they may face some competition from both Arsenal and Spurs who have also been linked with an interest.

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So, where could he be playing his football by the time that February comes around? Here is the latest on the defender’s future.

Chelsea’s buy back clause

Ake left Chelsea for Bournemouth in 2017, for a deal worth £20 million.

That deal is also reported to have a buy-back clause inserted that will allow the Blues to sign the defender for a fee of £40 million.

Impressive performances in the heart of the Bournmouth defence has attracted interest from the Blues, with them keeping an eye on the Dutch international for the past 12 months.

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Arsenal interest

The Gunners are on the lookout for a new defender in order to strengthen their backline.

The Telegraph reported that Ake is high on Mikel Arteta’s wishlist for the January transfer window.

Manchester City and Everton have also been credited with an interest in the Bournemouth man.

Ake on Luiz

Should Arsenal make a move for Ake, he will be reunited with former Chelsea teammate David Luiz, and he has been full of praise for the Brazilian.

“He is a very good player. We played a few times together and he was a very good guy for me – he always used to help…