Chelsea are reportedly stepping up their efforts to re-sign Nathan Ake from Manchester City.
The club is concerned that a deal for compatriot Matthijs de Ligt is about to be hijacked, with Bayern Munich now firmly interested, according to the Mail Online.
As a result, the club is looking to refocus on the City man, who left the Blues permanently in 2017.
Following the departures of Antonio Rudiger and Andreas Christensen to Spain, Blues fans are growing concerned about the lack of signings for the backline.
Ake has come a long way since leaving Stamford Bridge five years ago, winning three Premier League titles under Pep Guardiola.
Chelsea intensify their pursuit of Ake.
Virgil van Dijk, the Netherlands’ international captain, praised the player, calling him “fantastic.”
His time at the Etihad has allowed his versatility to shine through, with him frequently filling in at left-back when needed. With Chelsea’s biggest void currently on the left side of a back three, Ake would be an ideal fit for a position that is in desperate need of a replacement.
The Mail Online claims that the Blues are about to complete a deal for the 27-year-old, and that he fits Thomas Tuchel’s need for a high-profile centre back.
Even if De Ligt is not signed, the Blues will most likely require another defender, with Jules Kounde being mentioned frequently as a possible target.
With the Frenchman’s ability to play in multiple positions on the opposite side of Ake, the club’s defensive ambitions are clear. With rumours that the manager may look to use a four-at-the-back formation more frequently next year, versatility is essential, and the pair fits the bill perfectly.