Chelsea consider triggering buy-back clause for former player – but Tottenham are keen

The Blues have struggled defensively this season and are looking at centre-back options, including the possibility of bringing an ex-youth team star back to Stamford Bridge.

Chelsea are exploring the possibility of re-signing Nathan Aké from Bournemouth this summer, according to De Telegraaf.

With Napoli and Tottenham Hotspur also reportedly interested in securing Aké’s services – the former reportedly lining him up as a replacement for Kalidou Koulibaly – the Blues may be tempted to exercise their buy-back option on the Dutch international.

He spent six years at Stamford Bridge, but was left frustrated by a lack of first-team opportunities.

The versatile defender was sent out on loan three times during his time in west London, to Reading, Watford and current club Bournemouth, where he signed a permanent contract in July 2017.

Any deal for the 24-year-old hinges on Chelsea’s appeal on their one-year transfer ban for breaching rules regarding the signing of youth players.

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