Chelsea ready to trigger buy-back clause of 24-year-old Dutch defender

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Chelsea are reportedly planning to trigger the buy-back clause in the contract of Bournemouth versatile defender Nathan Ake after the end of the current campaign.

The Dutch defender has joined the Cherries from the Blues for £20m in June 2017 after his stunning form during an initial loan spell, and he has since established himself as a vital member of Eddie Howe’s side at Dean Court.

The Dutchman’s form has drawn the attention of some of the Premier League’s top teams, though, and De Telegraaf claimed that the Blues are now weighing up the possibility of bringing Dutchman back to Stamford Bridge.

The West London club have included a £39m buy-back clause in 24-year-old defender contract at the Cherries, meaning that the Eddie Howe’s side would have to accept an offer of that sum from the London club.

Maurizio Sarri is eager to strengthen his defensive ranks in the summer, with Gary Cahill expected to depart and uncertainty surrounding the future of David Luiz, whose contract ends after the end of the current campaign.

Any move for Nathan Ake would rely on the Blues having their two-window transfer ban overturned on appeal.

The 24-year-old defender has made just 14 first-team games for the Blues during his first spell at the club, while he has turned out 72 times for the Cherries thus far.