Chelsea hold upper hand over Manchester United and Tottenham Hotspur in race to Nathan Ake

Chelsea have an agreement in place with AFC Bournemouth to re-sign Nathan Ake for around £40m, according to the Daily Telegraph.

The Dutch international arrived at the South Coast last summer from the Blues in a £20m deal.

Manchester United and Tottenham Hotspur are both interested in signing Ake and could move for him next summer.

Chelsea’s Ake agreement

MURCIA, SPAIN – JULY 14: Nathan Ake of AFC Bournemouth reacts during Pre- Season friendly Match between Sevilla FC and AFC Bournemouth at La Manga Club on July 14, 2018 in Murcia, Spain. (Photo by Aitor Alcalde/Getty Images)

The West London club hold the upper hand over both United and Spurs with their agreement with the Cherries.

Should either club hope to sign the defender, they would have to wait until Maurizio Sarri’s side make their intentions clear.

Although, Chelsea are yet to show a willingness to bring Ake back to Stamford Bridge.

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The Blues are hoping to avoid a repeat of sales of Romelu Lukaku and Kevin de Bruyne who have gone on to become some of the Premier League’s most expensive players.

Chelsea also have similar agreements in place with Watford midfielder Nathaniel Chalobah and Lyon forward Bertrand Traore.

Manchester United and Tottenham Hotspur interested

Having failed to capture a central defender over the summer, United will continue their search.

The 23-year-old has caught their attention, with the Red Devils having monitored the player for several weeks.

Mauricio Pochettino is also in favour of a move for Ake, with Toby Alderweireld’s situation at the club still unclear.

The Belgian is yet to sign a new contract with Tottenham and he could leave in the summer for a cut-price fee.


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