Chelsea are willing to use buy back clause to lure the defender and that could mean Man United missing on Koulibaly.
The lack of pace on the right side of the field and the absence of a quality centre back once again haunted Manchester United as they suffered two defeats in a row. Ole Gunnar Solksjaer and Manchester United are aware of the vulnerability in these two areas. They have been linked with the likes of Philippe Coutniho, Kalidou Koulibaly, Gareth Bale and Jadon Sancho. However they all demand high fees and with Borussia Dortmund not willing to sell Sancho, it seems United may have to look somewhere else for defender as well. Chelsea’s pursuit of it’s former defender could result in United missing on Koulibaly.
Bournemouth have reportedly slapped a £34million asking price on the head of defender Nathan Ake amid links with Chelsea and Napoli. The Blues were recently linked with a move to re-sign Ake in a report from De Telegraaf, and it seems they could be cleared to do so for fairly cheap. Napoli have also been linked with the Dutchman as the Serie A side potentially face losing Kalidou Koulibaly to Manchester United. Were they to miss out on Ake, however, one imagines that could make it harder for Manchester United to land the Senegal international, who according to recent reports has also been linked with Real Madrid. This surely gives Chelsea all the more motivation to bring Ake back to Stamford Bridge, as the 24-year-old would not only be a fine signing to strengthen their defence, but he could play a part in hurting United’s transfer plans in a big way.
Chelsea are looking at defensive reinforcements and the Bournemouth man is on their shortlist of centre-backs to add competition to the likes of David Luiz and Antonio Rudiger. The Cherries signed Ake from Chelsea on a permanent deal in 2017 for £20m and there is believed to be a buy-back clause in the contract of around £39m. Chelsea remain in pole position to sign Ake, though, thanks to the buy-back clause which could see him return to the club where he made just seven Premier League appearances between 2012 and 2017. The 24-year-old played all 38 Premier League games for Bournemouth last season and has made 30 appearances this season in the league, scoring once.
Any move for Ake depends on overturning their two-window transfer ban. The club are appealing the ban and are challenging Fifa’s decision not to allow them to sign any players while they fight the sanction. However, if Fifa’s decision stays the same and stick to the fan then Napoli may get Ake and United may get Koulibaly. That would leave Chelsea reluctantly working with it’s ageing defensive line.