Chelsea keen on to agree deal for 27-year-old Dutch midfielder

Chelsea have reportedly identified Man City centre-back Nathan Ake as a potential transfer target this summer.

Despite the teams high-profile takeover having been finalised for nearly three weeks, the Blues are yet to make any first-team additions ahead of the new seasons.

Furthermore, if reports are to be believed, the West London giants, will soon be a centre-forward short with Serie A giants, Inter Milan believed to be closing on an agreement with Romelu Lukaku.

The Belgian’s expected exit would add to Andreas Christensen and Antonio Rudiger having already left on free transfers, effectively leaving Thomas Tuchel in the market for signing top-class centre-back this summer.

According to Italian journalist Gianluca Di Marzio, Chelsea may attempt to rectify the situation by moving to secure a reunion with a ex-player.

Di Marzio claims that Tuchel is an admirer of Nathan Ake, who spent time in the Blues academy system and made a total of 17 games in the first team before his 2017 exit.

The versatile 27-year-old centre-back has since gone on to establish himself as a valuable team member at Etihad Stadium, making 40 appearances during his two seasons at the Etihad Stadium.

Given his status as backup under Pep Guardiola, there has been rumours regarding the Netherlands international’s future, rumours that he has previously played down.

Speaking to NOS earlier this month, Ake said: “Last season (2020-21) was very unhappy due to injuries, I don’t really count that year. This season (2021-22) I was really 100% present and I played more. You notice an improvement in yourself, how you play. I felt good.

“I will go into the [new] season with that intention (to play for Man City). I will do everything I can to play even more.”