Chelsea is a range to agree deal with Manchester City in attempt to sign former player Nathan Ake
The Blues have stepped up their pursuit of Ake amid fears Juventus defender Matthijs de Ligt could choose Bayern Munich over a move to Stamford Bridge.
Chelsea are also said to be considering a move for Sevilla centre back Jules Kounde
However, who they came close to signing last summer, according to The Times.
Thomas Tuchel is eager to add defensive reinforcements to his squad for the 2022-2023 campaign after Andreas Christensen and Antonio Rudiger left this summer.
Chelsea identified De Ligt as their primary target for the current window and even offered Timo Werner as part of the deal.
However, they were unable to reach an agreement with Juventus.
As a result, Bayern Munich have now overtaken the Blues in the race to sign De Ligt.
Therefore, Tuchel has turned his attention to Ake – who is said to be open to a return to Stamford Bridge.
Ake joined Chelsea as a youngster in 2011 and remained at the club until 2017, taking in a series of loan spells.
In total Ake made 17 senior appearances for Chelsea and won the Europa League and the League Cup.
A move to Bournemouth followed before Ake signed for City in 2020. He played just 14 Premier League games for Pep Guardiola’s side last season.
However, bringing Ake back to Stamford Bridge may not be straightforward as City are warning Chelsea that they have no plans to sell him.