Chelsea have held talks with Manchester City over a deal to re-sign their former academy player Nathan Ake.
Ake is one of two City players Chelsea want to sign along with Raheem Sterling.
The British pound deal is close to being finalized but Ake’s decision is said to be less advanced at this stage.
Chelsea need defenders after the departure of Andreas Christensen and Antonio Rudiger this summer. The Blues have shown interest in Juventus centre-back Matthijs de Ligt, but Sky Germany report that the defender is keen to move to Bayern Munich this summer, with the club planning to make their first official offer in the coming days.
Ake, 27, left Chelsea for Bournemouth in 2017 after an initial loan spell before a £40m move to City two years ago.
The Dutch centre-back saw his playing time limited at the Etihad, playing just 14 Premier League games for Pep Guardiola’s side last season.
Sterling agrees personal terms with Chelsea
Raheem Sterling has agreed personal terms with Chelsea and confirmation of his transfer from Manchester City is now imminent.
The England international topped a shortlist of Thomas Tuchel’s attacking targets and had entered the final year of his contract with City, who are grateful for his service and will not hinder his desire for more minutes and status elsewhere.
Pep Guardiola has repeatedly said ‘I don’t like to keep players unhappy’ and was ready to allow Sterling to leave this summer, even to a Premier League rival, provided an acceptable offer of around 50 million pounds sterling be deposited.
Tuchel was desperate to add a decisive advantage in the final third to solve Chelsea’s goalscoring problems and Blues new owner Todd Boehly had been in contact with City to discuss numbers and the structure of a deal.
Merson says: Sterling would be a dud for Man City
Sky Sports pundit Paul Merson:
“Sterling would be a great signing. I would worry about Man City selling Sterling because you sell a lot of goals.
“People always come up to me, ‘He’s always at the far post to exploit them’. He doesn’t push anyone in the way of scoring those goals. There’s an art to what he does and he will be sorely missed by Man City. next season if he leaves.
“If Chelsea were going to get him I think it would be a major signing, especially when you get a top quality international footballer who is part of one of the best teams in the world.”
Drinkwater on Chelsea’s nightmare: ‘I wasted my best years’
In an exclusive interview, Danny Drinkwater expresses his relief now that his nightmare at Chelsea is finally over as he seeks to get his career back on track.
The 32-year-old, who was a key figure for champions Leicester City in the 2015/16 season, moved to Chelsea in 2017 for £35m, signing a five-year deal at Stamford Bridge.
However, that decision did not work out for Drinkwater, who was sidelined for much of his time at Chelsea and saw his career stagnate, making just 23 appearances for the club, scoring just one goal.
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