Chelsea hold an advantage over Manchester United and Tottenham Hotspur in the hunt for Bournemouth’s Nathan Ake, The Telegraph reveals.
The Holland international has impressed on the South Coast after leaving Chelsea to join the Cherries on a permanent basis last summer and has since attracted attention from a host of top Premier League sides.
Both Manchester United and Tottenham are keen on the 23-year-old but will have to wait to see if Blues boss Maurizio Sarri is plotting a move of his own, as the West London side have an agreement with Bournemouth to re-sign the defender.
As part of his £20m move in 2017, Chelsea have a gentleman’s agreement with the Cherries that gives them the option of bringing Ake back to Stamford Bridge for a fee of around £40m – which puts the Blues at the front of the queue.
However, it is not clear whether Sarri is keen on re-signing Ake to bolster his defensive line, although he is eyeing defensive additions.