The pursuit for Nathan Ake by Chelsea has been rather hot in recent weeks. Manchester City were initially reluctant to let the player leave, but have opened the doors for him, provided they get a good offer as well as a replacement.
Following Ake’s brilliant show for the Cityzens in the Premier League, Chelsea have agreed to Man City’s terms to sign him for around £47m.
Although the Netherlands defender has reportedly agreed personal terms with Chelsea, they will have to wait for Manchester City to buy a replacement before formally giving the player a green light to leave.
The Sky Blues have been linked with a few European defensive talents and their pursuit for one of them might get more intense in the coming weeks.
Jules Koundé, Joško Gvardiol and Pau Torres have all attracted interest from the club, but it is uncertain which defender would be the right candidate for the English champions.
An agreement for Koulibaly has been reached between Chelsea and Napoli already and the deal seems almost done. This means Ake will have to struggle for a place in the London club’s starting lineup, with Thiago Silva and Kalidou Koulibaly proving to be the most likely starters next season.