It’s being reported that Chelsea manager Frank Lampard will seriously consider splashing a chunk of the bloated transfer pot in the January window on a new defender, but that really depends on the fitness of German international Antonio Rudiger.
The report in the Telegraph reveals that Chelsea are targeting a return for their former defender Nathan Ake from Bournemouth, with the Blues having a buy-back clause of £40 million – a comparative bargain for proven centre-backs at Premier League and international level.
However, Frank Lampard wants to fully assess the soon returning Antonio Rudiger after a lengthy injury, if he can prove he’s back to a reliable full fitness, then it’s likely Chelsea will spend the money elsewhere.
Ake, a regular in the Dutch national side, signed permanently with Bournemouth in 2017 for £20 million, and it was reported that Premier League clubs such as Manchester City were keen on him this past summer only for the Cherries to price him out of a move.
At just 24, Nathan Ake looks very much the kind of player that would fit in the current Chelsea system under Lampard, as well as having versatility in playing both in central-defence, left-back and even in a deep midfield role – options which could prove very valuable as the Blues look to make a top four spot their own.
A move could be in doubt for Nathan Ake for another reason though – injury. The defender was subbed off in Bournemouth’s 3-0 defeat this past weekend, with manager Eddie Howe admitting the hamstring injury could be serious.

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