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Chelsea braced for fresh bid for £18m ace as PL rivals prepare to swoop

Bournemouth are reportedly plotting another bid for Chelsea defender Nathan Ake after their advances were initially rejected in January.

The 22-year spent the first half of the season on loan with Eddie Howe’s side and established himself as a key figure in their push up the Premier League table.

However, since being recalled early from that spell at the Vitality Stadium, Ake has yet to play in the Premier League since his return to Stamford Bridge leading to calls that he will seek an exit in the summer.

According to The Daily Mail, Bournemouth could try their luck again whether on a loan deal or permanent move, after having an £18m bid rejected in January by Antonio Conte.

It’s added that Chelsea have their own plans to bolster the defence with the return of Andreas Christensen from his loan spell at Borussia Monchengladbach, as well as possible new signings.

In turn, that will only further push Ake down the pecking order and it seems as though the best decision for him at this point is to move on and establish himself elsewhere as he will be hugely frustrated to see his progress stunted by the Blues calling him back to sit on the bench.

Bournemouth have conceded 54 goals in 28 games so far this season which gives them one of the worst defensive records in the Premier League. As a result, Howe would be wise to focus on that department in the summer transfer window, and it’s fair to say that things have gone downhill since Ake went back to Chelsea and so his return could be key in plugging the gaps.

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