Thomas Tuchel targets Man City defender

Chelsea is in talks with Manchester City to make a move for former academy man Nathan Ake. Chelsea is now discussing the personal terms with their former centre-back and a possible fee for the Dutchman from City. When that deal goes through, and their former centre-back returns to Stamford Bridge, that will be the second move between the two clubs, having also had their breakthrough with Raheem Sterling’s transfer. There have been discussions on the personal terms between the centre-back Nathan Ake and Man City, and Chelsea has been discussing the deal’s structure and a standard fee. After only ten games in the Premier League last season, the move to Chelsea will increase Nathan Ake’s chances of winning a spot on the Dutch side. Ake made his Chelsea debut in 2012, making 17 senior appearances for the club.

Nathan Ake may be the second Manchester City man to switch Manchester City to Stamford Bridge, with Raheem Sterling set to be announced as the Blues man. According to The Daily Telegraph, Chelsea co-owner Todd Boehly had been in touch with Manchester City on Monday to discuss the valuations of both Sterling and Nathan Ake, with Chelsea looking to sign both players. Thomas Tuchel’s desire to add a crucial finishing touch to address Chelsea‘s goal-scoring woes has led new Blues boss Todd Boehly to engage with Manchester City over figures and a structure for the deal. Nathan Ake, who has been linked again for Chelsea, will push Manchester City’s sales considerably past the PS 150m mark this summer, given England international Raheem Sterling’s impending move and the transfer of Gabriel Jesus to Arsenal.

Ake, 27, left Chelsea for Bournemouth in 2017 following an initial loan stint, then moved PS 40m for City two years ago. Danny Drinkwater, who moved to Chelsea in 2017 for PS 35m, signed a five-year deal at Stamford Bridge. With Chelsea falling further and further behind Bayern Munich in their primary target, Matthijs de Ligt, they have now turned their attention to re-signing Nathan Ake, their former centre-back. City reportedly informed Chelsea that they want roughly £40-45 million for Ake, the same price they paid to recruit him from Bournemouth in summer 2020. Talks are ongoing, and an agreement on personal conditions has been reached between Ake and Chelsea, but not between the two teams.

Ake hasn’t had the intended impact throughout his time at City. Still, he’s proven he can become a top Premier League defender and has the ability to help Chelsea rebound from the loss of both Antonio Rudiger and Andreas Christensen this summer.