According to the Evening Standard, Chelsea have cooled their interest in Bournemouth centre-back Nathan Ake after becoming concerned with the ace’s suitability following scouting reports.
The Standard claim that the Blues have extensively scouted their former academy star since the start of the campaign, however, those reports have revealed some concerns to the west London outfit.
Standard Sport add that Chelsea head coach Frank Lampard is unsure whether the 24-year-old defender is the best option for the Blues, considering the high defensive line that he frequently deploys.
The report highlights that Chelsea have the chance to sign the defender for £40m thanks to a buy-back clause that was part of the ace’s permanent deal to the Cherries.
The Evening Standard also adds that Chelsea are considering transfers for other targets including Brighton’s Lewis Dunk, West Ham’s Issa Diop and Hellas Verona ace Marash Kumbulla.
With the Blues conceding the most goals of teams in the Premier League’s top six, it seems wise for the Blues to consider strengthening their defence.
The Standard add that the Stamford Bridge outfit are eyeing a move for a defender in the winter transfer window.
Bournemouth are currently sitting second-bottom, and while Nathan Ake has spent some time on the sidelines, his side’s shaky defence clearly hasn’t had a good impact on his transfer stock.
The Blues’ current options at centre-back are Kurt Zouma, Antonio Rudiger, Andreas Christensen and Fikayo Tomori.
Even if Chelsea are hit with a severe injury crisis in this area, club captain Cesar Azpilicueta could fill in having featured at the heart of defence in the past.
Dutch international Nathan Ake has mostly impressed over his 134 top-flight matches to date.
While things aren’t going too well for him right now – he’s surely looked like one of the league’s better defenders over the last couple of years.