Manchester City’s reported interest in Chelsea defensive target Nathan Ake has “intensified”.
The Dutch star has drawn admiring glances from elsewhere with his accomplished showings over the last three years at AFC Bournemouth.
But with relegation for the club looking a more-and-more likely prospect in spite of his best efforts this season, Nathan looks set to move on this summer.
According to The Athletic, the Citizens had the 25-year-old watched before Christmas as they declared an initial interest.
Pep Guardiola’s side decided against making a January swoop for the ex-Chelsea defender, however, in spite of the long-term injury suffered by Aymeric Laporte.
The Frenchman is now fully fit, but the Citizens have decided that they’d still like another left-sided defender.
Initial negotiations are believed to be underway… although Frank Lampard’s side remain “in the conversation”.
The Blues have largely relied on two of Kurt Zouma, Antonio Rudiger, Andreas Christensen and Fikayo Tomori this term – and could do with a naturally left-footed centre-half.
He debuted for the West Londoners as a teen all the way eight years ago, but only managed 17 appearances in five seasons before being allowed to join Bournemouth for £20 million.
There is confusion regarding whether a buy-back clause inserted into the 2017 deal remains valid.
But either way, the west London heavyweights will have to beat off fierce competition to re-sign the accomplished centre-back.
Ake, understood to be valued in the region of £40 million, has made 116 appearances for Bournemouth across all competitions.