Chelsea will attempt to reunite with a former Blues centre-half to remedy their defensive issues in January, according to a report.
The Blues have kept just four clean sheets from their 24 matches across all competitions this season, with a particularly poor showing at the back costing them dearly on Saturday versus Everton.
Now, a report from online publication SportsMole (via the Daily Telegraph) states that Chelsea will go in for ex-centre-back Nathan Ake from Bournemouth.
The article states: ‘their former academy graduate Ake has emerged as a potential addition, with the west Londoners said to be prepared to spend £40m on the Netherlands international.’
The 24-year-old rose through the academy ranks at Stamford Bridge but failed to make a sustained breakthrough into the first team with just seven league appearances for the Blues.
Since his move to Bournemouth, however, Ake has developed into one of the league’s finest centre-halves, with his performances being rewarded with 13 Netherlands caps.
The Cherries defender unfortunately suffered a hamstring injury on his latest outing versus Liverpool, but the report declares that the injury is ‘unlikely to prevent the Blues from retaining an interest.’
A move for Ake would shore up the Chelsea backline, with Antonio Rudiger, Kurt Zouma, Andreas Christensen and Fikayo Tomori the men currently battling it out for the central berths.
In further transfer news, a recent report stated the Blues could look to launch a big money move for Crystal Palace talisman Wilfried Zaha, with the Eagles already lining up an ideal replacement should the move materialise.
Zaha’s future had been the subject of great speculation during the summer window, and Roy Hodgson’s side are expected to be inundated with offers once more when the January version opens.