Bournemouth are bracing themselves as interest in defender Nathan Ake is intensifying, with the Dutch international wanted by both Manchester City and Manchester United. However, it’s reported in talkSPORT that Chelsea have a first-refusal clause in Nathan Ake’s contract so that they can make the first move to bring back their former defender.

Since leaving Chelsea back in 2017 on a permanent deal, after spending a few seasons out on loan at Reading, Watford and Bournemouth. His loan with the Cherries was cut short in the 2016/17 season and Ake made his way into the Blues defence under then manager Antonio Conte.

However in the 2017 summer window Ake was sold for around £20 million to Eddie Howe’s Bournemouth and has a been a regular for club and country ever since.

Chelsea have an agreement in-place should any other club submit a bid for the 23-year old and it would look like a transfer that is looking more and more plausible – with doubts over the futures of Gary Cahill and Andreas Christensen. The Blues are likely to go into the transfer market in 2019 in search of a central defender and Nathan Ake returning would certainly fit the bill.

If Chelsea do trigger their clause for Ake, it would in-turn scupper their direct rivals Manchester City and United who are both monitoring the defender. Pep Guardiola, according to talkSPORT, has been watching his progress and could launch a bid in the January transfer window.

Tottenham are also in the mix, say the report, with Nathan Ake seen as a long-term replacement for defender Toby Alderweireld.

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