Bournemouth set to reignite chase for former loanee Nathan Ake

Bournemouth set to reignite chase for former loanee Nathan Ake

Bournemouth are plotting a new swoop for Nathan Ake this summer after Chelsea rebuffed their advances for the former loanee in January.

Ake, 22, spent the first half of the season with Eddie Howe’s men and was the subject of an £18million deadline-day offer six weeks ago.

But the versatile defender is yet to play in the Premier League since returning to Stamford Bridge and his lack of game-time could open the door for a summer move — whether on loan or a permanent deal.

Chelsea will recall the impressive Andreas Christensen from his own loan at Borussia Monchengladbach this summer and manager Antonio Conte is already looking at other defensive targets.

Those additions could further relegate Ake in his rotation role as an option to replace Marcos Alonso at left wing back or one of Chelsea’s central defensive trio.

Howe was hugely impressed with the Dutchman’s spell at the Vitality Stadium and, with defending continuing to trouble his team, wants him back if Bournemouth stay in the Premier League.

The Cherries are five points clear of the relegation zone after Saturday’s 3-2 win over West Ham but only Swansea City have conceded more goals this season.

Meanwhile, Ake has had to make do with just two 90-minute FA Cup appearances against Brentford and Wolverhampton Wanderers.

And while Chelsea kept clean sheets in both of those games, Conte is likely to opt for stronger XIs as the competition reaches its climax if Chelsea continue to advance — starting with Monday’s quarter-final against Manchester United.

Bournemouth also considered a move for Chelsea captain John Terry, out of contract in the summer, in January.

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