Chelsea have agreed personal terms with Nathan Ake but must still agree a fee with Manchester City. Things edging closer. Told a deal very close to being fully agreed with City for Raheem Sterling, who has already agreed personal terms #cfc— Matt Law (@Matt_Law_DT) July 8, 2022
There’s no word on the actual terms of the agreement (length or wages), and more importantly, there is no actual agreement over a potential transfer fee with Manchester City. However, neither are expected to pose big hurdles with Chelsea seemingly set on bringing back Aké a half-decade after allowing him to leave. Chances are we’ll end up doing so at over twice the £20m we got from Bournemouth in 2017, and a little over the £41m they in turn got from City two years ago.
Aké should be a natural fit for the left side of Tuchel’s (so-far) preferred back-three, and could also fill in as a left back should we switch to a back-four. The 27-year-old is also quite capable of playing defensive midfield — that versatility saw him make 17 appearances for Chelsea as a youngster back in the day, and also collect 40 appearances for City despite a few injuries and many other players ahead of him in the pecking order.
Nathan’s return to Chelsea may not be the splashiest move of the summer, but it might be very much a needed one.
Chelsea have full agreement with Nathan Aké on personal terms. Man City are aware of the situation on the player side, but still waiting to receive the official bid. #CFC— Fabrizio Romano (@FabrizioRomano) July 8, 2022
City want around £40/45m for Aké and plan is to replace him with a new centre back in case he leaves. pic.twitter.com/Pyu8jwYf6o