Chelsea are reconsidering their defensive targets in the January transfer window after cooling interest in Bournemouth’s Nathan Ake. The Blues have been heavily linked with a move to re-sign the 24-year-old as they inserted a £40million buy-back clause in the deal that saw him join the Cherries in 2017.
The Blues also have first-refusal on Nathan Ake following the lifting of their transfer ban. Frank Lampard was a Chelsea player when Ake rose through the ranks at the club after joining from Eredivisie side Feyenoord as a teenager in 2011. He has been scouting the Dutchman since the season began.
According to Standard Sport, the scouting reports have raised concerns about Ake’s ability to fit into the Chelsea side under Frank Lampard based on the higher defensive line being deployed by the English manager.
Bournemouth beat Chelsea at Stamford Bridge last month but have lost 9 of their last 11 games, causing a free fall into the relegation zone. Ake started 6 of those games including the recent 3 nil home bashing by Watford. It’s still possible for Chelsea to pursue a deal for Ake, but their looking out for other options shows they are uncertain of his ability.
Chelsea reportedly have eyes on Brighton’s Lewis Dunk and West Ham’s Issa Diop. Meanwhile, Andreas Christensen’s possible departure has been ruled out in this window despite interest from AC Milan. That means that the 23-year-old will be given the chance to prove himself.
Chelsea are keen to strengthen at the back and are also looking at Albanian teenager Marash Kumbulla. 19, who plays as a teenager for Serie A outfit Hellas Verona and thought to be available for less than £20m. However, a bidding war will see the price go up.