Chelsea are ‘hopeful’ of finishing a deal to signal Nathan Ake from Manchester Metropolis throughout the subsequent week.
Thomas Tuchel is engaged on offers to herald a minimum of two new centre-backs this summer time, because the west Londoners look to switch the departed Antonio Rudiger and Andreas Christensen.
The Athletic are reporting that talks stay ongoing with Metropolis over a deal for Ake, who’s eager on a return to Chelsea with private phrases not anticipated to be a difficulty.
Ake started his senior profession at Chelsea however made simply seven league appearances for the Blues. Talks are accelerating over a return in a deal that might price the membership round £45m.
Chelsea had a £40m buy-back possibility inserted in Ake’s sale to Bournemouth in 2017, however opted in opposition to activating the clause earlier than the defender’s transfer to Manchester Metropolis, the place has since gained consecutive Premier League titles.
Chelsea are additionally closing in on a deal to signal Kalidou Koulibaly from Napoli. The centre-back has expressed a want to depart the Italian aspect this summer time and negotiations are persevering with over the switch of the Senegal worldwide.
The 31-year-old has only one yr remaining on his contract at Napoli and the membership would like to promote the centre-back to a international aspect, amid curiosity from Juventus.
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