Lampard gets serious over summer buyback for Dutch defender

Date published: Tuesday 9th June 2020 9:09 - Matthew Briggs

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Chelsea want to bring Nathan Ake back to Stamford Bridge and are ready to activate the defender’s buyback clause, claims a report.

The Ake transfer talk is gathering momentum after The Guardian claimed last week that Chelsea were ready to pounce on the centre-back if the Cherries are relegated.

Now Todofichajes report that Frank Lampard is keen on bringing the 25-year-old, who left west London three summers ago, back to the club as he looks for a flexible centre-back, left-back option.

The Blues have yet to make an approach for their former star, but a deal could happen if Bournemouth are relegated with the Cherries happy to “facilitate” a transfer if they go down.

Apparently Lampard wants one significant signing for each “line” and with striker Timo Werner all set to complete a move, Lampard has switched his attention to his rearguard.

Chelsea do have a buyback clause on Ake despite the player featuring just 17 times in six years with the club.

Chelsea decided against activating their buyback clause for Ake in January.

When he was sold to Bournemouth for £20m in 2017, Chelsea retained the right to have the first option to re-sign him for double that amount – but Sky Sports News backed up  claims they passed up on the opportunity in the winter window.

Now though they look ready to go back in for the Dutch defender.



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