Chelsea have reached an agreement with Nathan Ake on personal terms, according to a reliable source, as his return to Stamford Bridge draws closer.
Ake first joined Chelsea as a teenager in 2011. He went on to feature 17 times in their first team, while also going on several loan spells.
The left central defender chelsea in the summer of 2017 to get regular playing time elsewhere. Bournemouth paid £20.5m to take him to Vitality Stadium.
Ake spent three seasons with Bournemouth in the Premier League. But he opted to leave in 2020 after their relegation to the Championship was confirmed, at which time Manchester City intervened.
Pep Guardiola’s side parted ways with £40m to land the Dutchman. He won four Premier League titles and a league cup while playing for City.
Ake doesn’t start often for City, because of Ruben Dias, Aymeric Laporte and John Stones. He usually gets chances when one of these three players is injured or in lesser cup games.
Chelsea need new centre-backs this summer following the departures of Antonio Rudiger and Andreas Christensen. And they’re targeting Ake as a potential solution.
According to Friday’s Transfer Gossip, talks between Chelsea and City have “accelerated” recently.
Chelsea eyes Nathan Ake reunion
Chelsea want to get the capture down the line so Ake can start working with Thomas Tuchel and prepare for next season.
Respected journalist Fabrizio Romano now give an update. He reveals that Chelsea have reached a full agreement with the defender on personal terms.
City know Ake would like to return to Chelsea and are awaiting an official offer from their Premier League rivals.
Romano claims the reigning Prem champions will ask him between £40m and £45m, although there is no indication whether Chelsea are willing to pay that sum.
There is also an overview of the city’s transfer plans. Although they already have good options in midfield, they will start looking for defensive replacements if Ake moves to west London.
Chelsea have taken a big step forward in aiming to make Ake the successor to Rudiger or Christensen. With personal terms settled, the Blues can now focus on securing a deal with City.
Ake is likely to want the move so he can play more regularly in the league. Chelsea’s lack of options at the back means he is likely to feature more than 30 times next term. On the other hand, he only made 14 league appearances under Guardiola last season.
Meanwhile, a Chelsea youngster could partner with Aston Villa because Steven Gerrard would be one of his “big fans”.