Chelsea are closely monitoring €35m-rated Dutch centre-back

London club are reportedly interested in potentially re-signing Bournemouth centre-back Nathan Ake as they eye new defensive recruits. Chelsea were under a transfer ban in the summer but may soon be able to sign footballers again as a list of targets emerge.

Among those is Cherries defender, whom Blues can re-sign for only £40m. The Netherlands international has shone in the Premier League in recent times and also been linked with Man City.

However, the London club could have the edge in any deal as they have an agreement with Bournemouth that they can trigger Nathan’s come back to Stamford Bridge for only £40m.

Chelsea don’t exactly look in desperate need of signings in central defence right now after the rise of young Fikayo Tomori at the back-line, while Kurt Zouma has also improved this campaign.

Still, the London club may perhaps regret letting a top talent as Ake leave, and it makes sense for them to try bringing him back for below his true market value if it prevents a rival snapping him up.

Man City badly need a signing like the 24-year-old centre-back at the moment after looking more suspect in defence after Vincent Kompany’s summer departure and the injury to Aymeric Laporte. Chelsea started this campaign impressively as they are in a fourth place in the Premier League table.

Blues signed Mateo Kovacic from Real Madrid and Christian Pulisic from Borussia Dortmund recently. London club are unable to sign new players until next summer due to a transfer ban.