Earlier this week, reports emerged that Nathan Ake had agreed to join Tottenham once the transfer window opens in January. The 23-year-old was forced to come out and clear the air, revealing that no deal is in place at the moment.
Spurs are not the only club interested in the Dutch International, however, as Jose Mourinho is also keen to make some additions to his defence after a terrible start this season.
The Red Devils’ gaffer has identified Ake as a short-term fix to save his job, as he lines up a move for Toby Alderweireld next summer.
But both clubs could face disappointment in their pursuit. According to the Telegraph, Chelsea agreed to a ‘handshake deal’ with Bournemouth, which gives them the first rights of signing their youth product if he decides to leave.
The Blues will have to pay £40 million to re-sign Nathan Ake, double than what they got for him in 2017.
Chelsea manager Maurizio Sarri shall decide whether to make a move for the Dutchman once the window opens in January. Gary Cahill and Andreas Christensen could leave the club soon, as opportunities are pretty scarce at the Bridge.
With the transfer market broken, the Blues are unlikely to pass the opportunity of signing a promising defender who has proven himself in the Premier League.
But it could prove to be a tricky situation if Ake has other destinations in mind, which is quite likely, unless the Dutch defender forgets that the same club was unable to provide him with a chance to prove his abilities a few years ago.