Chelsea to sanction £40m Nathan Ake transfer this week if rivals try to pounce

Chelsea are considering resigning Nathan Ake with several other clubs keen on the Dutch defender.

The 24-year-old left the Blues to go to Bournemouth for £20m in 2017 after failing to nail down a starting spot under Antonio Conte.

But he could be set for a surprise return thanks to a clause in the deal in which Ake was sold to the Cherries.

The Holland international is reportedly a target for clubs across Europe, and wouldn’t be expected to stay on the south coast if Bournemouth dropped out of the Premier League.

Chelsea have first refusal when it comes to Ake’s next move though, having included a buy-back clause of £40m in their agreement with Bournemouth 18 months ago.

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And Stamford Bridge bosses will ask Lampard if he wants to sanction a move before allowing the former Young Player of the Year to go elsewhere, according to The Telegraph.

Over the weekend, Lampard admitted there was little news to discuss when it came to arrivals at Stamford Bridge, but added that he had identified where he would like to improve his squad.

“There is no movement to speak of now. We got a punishment in the summer and it is meant to hurt you.

Ake was starting to break through at Chelsea before he was sold in 2017
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“We lost one of the biggest players in our history in Eden Hazard. That is the situation.

“My job is to work every day on the training ground to make the players better.

“The other part is looking at how we can move forward by bringing in players.

“We lost ground last summer and we need to make moves now to take us forward.

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“I have a strong feeling of where we can improve personnel-wise to take us forward. So for me it’s clear.

“The money of it is not my job but I have to be honest and truthful. Short-term recruitment is something we have to get right.”