As per a report from Football Insider, Spurs are lining up a summer swoop for Nathan Ake, in the case that Bournemouth are relegated to the Championship.
24-year-old stopper Ake came up through the youth ranks at Stamford Bridge, before breaking into the first-team setup of Chelsea for the first time as a raw teen in 2012.
The years that followed resulted in the Dutchman being sent out on a series of loan spells, the last of which saw Ake join Bournemouth on a season-long deal in the summer of 2016.
The youngster’s impressive displays over the opening half of the campaign eventually resulted in Chelsea opting to recall Ake the following winter, but, after Bournemouth tabled a club-record £20 million bid to bring the defender back to the Vitality in the summer of 2017, those in charge at Stamford Bridge came to the decision that it was time to part with their youth product.
The seasons since, though, have seen Ake go on to establish himself as one of the Premier League’s most highly-regarded young stoppers.
The 13-time capped Dutch international featured in every one of Bournemouth’s 76 league fixtures over the last two campaigns, proving a rock at the back for Eddie Howe’s men.
As such, amid Bournemouth’s struggles to this point in the current campaign, links between Ake and some of English football’s heavyweights have inevitably begun to circulate in the media.
Chief among these clubs have been the 24-year-old’s former side, Chelsea.
As per the aforementioned report from Football Insider, though, one of the Blues’ London rivals are now ready to mount a challenge for Ake’s signature.
The outfit in question are Tottenham.
It is claimed that, in the case that Bournemouth suffer relegation to the Championship, the Lilywhites are lining up a £40 million bid.
An unnamed source at Spurs is said to have informed FI ‘that the club are keen on recruiting a left-sided centre-back who can also slot in at left-back.’
Ake is viewed as the ideal man to fill this role, with those in charge in north London of the opinion that the Dutchman ‘will be far easier to prise from the Vitality Stadium if Eddie Howe’s side go down.’