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Chelsea are looking to re-sign former Blues youngster Nathan Ake from AFC Bournemouth, according to a club advisor to Roman Abramovich in quotes translated by 90min.
The Dutchman agreed to join Chelsea’s youth system in 2011 from Feyenoord and made his debut for the Blues at the age of 17. However, manager Antonio Conte felt he wasn’t good enough and sold him to Bournemouth for £20m in 2017.
Ake has established himself as a Premier League defender after cementing a first-team place at the heart of Eddie Howe’s defence.
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Piet de Visser, the scouting guru and assistant for club owner Roman Abramovich, recently spoke to De Volkskrant and expressed his desire to see Ake in a Blue shirt once more.
He said: “Ake should have played for Chelsea by now. He’s so good. How often does he not score with his head? He has timing and insight. I hope they buy him back. That boy is perfect for them and he has played with Lampard.”
De Telegraaf previously reported that Ake possesses a €45m (£38.9m) buy-back clause in his contract which Chelsea could take advantage of if they made an approach.
Andreas Christensen currently sits way down the Stamford Bridge pecking order, having recently been overtaken by the up and coming English star Fikayo Tomori.
The England international and Kurt Zouma are forming a good partnership, and with the likes of Antonio Rudiger still yet to return from injury, going for another centre back would surely be the end for him.
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It’s easy to see why Chelsea have an interest in bringing Ake back to London.
Ake featured in all 38 Premier League games last season and demonstrated his competence at the back for the Cherries, with an average of 6.1 clearances per game compared to the Danish defender’s 3.4 clearances.
The 24-year-old has also proved that he is a big threat going forward, particularly on set pieces. He scored four goals in the Premier League last season as he looks to give his side another offensive dimension. Meanwhile, Christensen failed to get on the scoresheet for Chelsea during the eight games that he featured in.
With the transfer ban due to expire next summer and with the opportunity to get Ake back on a cut-price deal. Chelsea should follow the advice from Abramovich’s assistant and bring the Dutchman home.