Chelsea will have the chance to match Manchester City’s bid for Nathan Ake.
A clause in the contract that saw the 25-year-old move to Bournemouth in 2017 means that the Blues will be given every opportunity to equal bids from opposition clubs.
The Cherries will have to inform Chelsea of the exact fee that has been agreed before anything can be confirmed, but it looks unlikely that they will make a move of their own after choosing not to initiate their £40m buy-back clause.
Ake has played a key role under Eddie Howe for the past five seasons, but the club have been forced into selling some of their stars after suffering relegation to the Championship.
Bournemouth defender Nathan Ake is closing in on a move to Manchester CIty
The Athletic have reported that Chelsea retain an option to match City’s accepted offer, but add that they were never keen on bringing him back to Stamford Bridge.
Lampard has handed plenty of playing time to each of Fikayo Tomori, Kurt Zouma, Antonio Rudiger and Andreas Christensen so far this season, but he mentioned after the recent defeat to West Ham that he might need taller players.
He said after the 3-2 loss: “We’ve looked at set pieces this season.
“When we came into the club we looked at the stats from last season. Last season we were bottom of the league defending set plays, in terms of teams getting big chances against us, and second bottom in attacking. We haven’t improved much this year.
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Ake was starting to break through at Chelsea before he was sold in 2017
“I really don’t like to talk about my own playing days but we didn’t work much at all on set pieces and there were a few reasons, mainly John Terry, Gary Cahill, Didier Drogba, Michael Ballack and [Branislav] Ivanovic. You’d stick it in an area and they…