NATHAN AKE is a shock target for Chelsea.
The Bournemouth centre-back is being considered for a summer switch back to Stamford Bridge — just two years after leaving.
PA:Empics Sport3 Bournemouth centre-back is a summer target for former employers Chelsea
Chelsea have a buy-back option on the Holland ace, 23, and regard him as one of the best defenders in the Premier League.
Blues boss Maurizio Sarri will look to bolster his back line with Gary Cahill set to depart and David Luiz’s contract up.
Ake started at Chelsea’s academy aged 16 but had loan spells at Reading, Watford and Bournemouth before joining the Cherries for £20million.
He is now a key part of the first team but could return to his old club in a £40million deal.
Reuters3 Ake, 23, has netted three goals in 22 games for the Cherries this season
Reuters3 Dutch international Ake has established himself as one of the best defenders in the Premier League