Chelsea will consider re-signing Nathan Ake if his current club Bournemouth are relegated from the Premier League, according to a report.
Ake was sold to Bournemouth in 2017 after a successful loan spell at Dean Court, bringing an end to a six-year spell at Stamford Bridge which had brought just 17 senior appearances.
Despite his lack of opportunities at Chelsea before, the Blues have a buyback clause for the Dutch defender – although it was reported earlier this year that they had decided against using it.
That stance may change by the end of the season, however, as The Guardian claim that Chelsea could swoop and take Ake for a reduced price if Bournemouth are relegated.
The Cherries are currently languishing in 18th place in the Premier League, although they are only in the drop zone via goal difference. However, with Manchester United, Tottenham, Leicester and Manchester City presenting them with a tricky first four games back, their safety is far from certain.
Ake’s versatility could be of use to a Chelsea side who are at risk of losing current left-back Emerson Palmieri to Serie A, where former Blues boss Maurizio Sarri would like to take him to Juventus – although his agent has denied such an idea.
While Ake has impressed in a central defensive role, he is capable of playing on the left, and would likely be a cheaper target than Leicester’s Ben Chilwell.
The same report indicates that Leicester want at least £60m for Chilwell, with their sale of Harry Maguire to Manchester United last summer meaning they are in no pressure to raise funds.
Ajax star Nicolas Tagliafico is listed as another Plan B to Chilwell, although Chelsea are said to have opened contacts with Leicester, after learning that the player would be interested in the move.
Should Leicester stand in his way, though, then the Blues will have to look elsewhere – and if Bournemouth are relegated, they may find an opening for Ake.
Meanwhile, Chelsea are reportedly prepared to sacrifice seven players in order to fund their summer spending – with Ake not the only former player they could bring back.