Chelsea reach agreement with Nathan Ake as Stamford Bridge return draws closer; City plans uncovered

Chelsea have reached an agreement with Nathan Ake on personal terms, according to a trusted source, as his return to Stamford Bridge draws closer.

Ake originally joined Chelsea as a teenager in 2011. He made 17 appearances for their first team and has also appeared on several loan spells.

The central defender on the left Chelsea in the summer of 2017 to get regular playing time elsewhere. Bournemouth paid £20.5 million to take him to the Vitality Stadium.

Ake played three seasons with Bournemouth in the Premier League. But he chose to leave in 2020 after their relegation to the championship was confirmed, and then Manchester City dove in.

Pep Guardiola’s side parted with £40m to land the Dutchman. He won four Premier League titles and one League Cup while playing for City.

However, Ake does not start very often for City, because of Ruben Dias, Aymeric Laporte and John Stones, among others. He usually gets chances when one of those three is injured, or in less important cup matches.

Chelsea are in need of new central defenders this summer, following the departures of Antonio Rudiger and Andreas Christensen. And they’re targeting Ake as a possible solution.

According to Friday’s Transfer Gossip, talks between Chelsea and City have been ‘accelerated’ lately

Chelsea eye Nathan Ake reunion

Chelsea want to get the catch over the line so Ake can start working with Thomas Tuchel and prepare for next season.

Respected journalist Fabrizio Romano now gives an update† He reveals that Chelsea have come to a full agreement with the defender on personal terms.

City know that Ake is eager to return to Chelsea and are awaiting an official offer from their Premier League rivals.

Romano claims the reigning Prem champions will demand between €40 and €45 million for him, although there is no indication whether Chelsea are willing to pay this amount.

Insight is also provided into City’s transfer plans. Despite already having strong options in the central half, they will be looking for defensive replacements if Ake moves to West London.

Chelsea have taken a big step forward to make Ake a successor to Rudiger or Christensen. With the personal terms sorted, the Blues can now focus on closing a deal with City.

Ake probably wants the move so he can play in the league more regularly. Chelsea’s lack of options in the back means he is likely to make more than 30 Premier League appearances next season. In contrast, he only played 14 league games under Guardiola last season.

Meanwhile, a little boy from Chelsea could join Aston Villa as Steven Gerrard is reportedly a “huge fan” of his.

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