Man City to rival Chelsea for Ake signature

Manchester City are interested in a deal to sign Bournemouth’s Nathan Ake ahead of the January transfer window and are prepared to rival Chelsea in the race to sign the defender.

The Premier League champions have seen their defensive options depleted following the summer departure of Vincent Kompany and subsequent long-term injury to Aymeric Laporte, with Pep Guardiola’s side having utilised midfielder Fernandinho as an auxiliary central defender for much of the season.

Their lack of options have seen the club fall adrift in the title race, and according to Sky Sports, City will now look to address their issues with a move for Dutch international Ake in the winter window.

However, the club will face strong competition in the race to sign the 24-year-old from Ake’s former club Chelsea, who are seemingly in pole position to secure his signature having inserted a £40m buy-back clause in the deal that took the player to the Vitality Stadium two years ago.

Frank Lampard is likely to be active in the January transfer window having seen the club’s transfer-ban lifted, the Blues keen to add reinforcements at the back as they continue their push for Champions League qualification.

Everton and Tottenham have also been linked with Ake, who has shone for Eddie Howe’s side in recent seasons, though any hopes over a transfer next month are likely to depend on the extent of the hamstring injury picked up in the defeat to league leaders Liverpool on Saturday.

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