Chelsea to play key role in Tottenham’s pursuit of Nathan Ake

DUTCH ACE Nathan Ake

DUTCH ACE Nathan Ake

Should United or Tottenham move for Ake next summer, Bournemouth would be forced to offer Chelsea the chance to land the centre-half.

Both Manchester United and Tottenham are scouring the market for new defenders and Ake has emerged as a potential summer target.

The deal included an agreement enabling Chelsea to re-sign him for a fee reportedly in the region of £40m.

The report in The Telegraph, though, does add that Chelsea have not shown any signs that they want Ake back.

Gary Cahill is being tipped to leave west London after struggling to establish himself under Sarri while Andreas Christensen's future is also in doubt after falling out-of-favour this season so Chelsea could yet be tempted by the prospect of taking Ake back to the capital.

However, the story has nevertheless led the Daily Express to declare that Chelsea are in "pole position" to sign Ake ahead of Spurs and United.

The Daily Star reported the Premier League big guns were "ready to do battle" to secure the services of the Dutch global.

The Mail have picked up on reports linking Atletico Madrid with Cesc Fabregas.

Cesc Fabregas was recently recalled to the Chelsea side.

AC Milan have also been linked with the Chelsea midfielder, whose contract expires this summer.