Report: Manager now tells £41m player he can leave, with Chelsea trying to sign him

Chelsea target Nathan Ake has reportedly been told he is free to leave Manchester City this summer.

According to 90min, Pep Guardiola is prepared to sell the 27-year-old this summer if the right offer comes in.

The Dutchman has added three Premier League trophies to his collection in his time at the Etihad stadium, after featuring in Antonio Conte’s title winning campaign in 2017.

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Ake, who was encouraged to the Italian to feature more by former Blue John Terry, left the club for Bornemouth in a search for more first-team football.

After proving his worth on the south coast, he secured a £41m move to the Citizens, however has failed to nail down a starting role amid tough competition from the likes of Ruben Dias and Aymeric Laporte.

The Netherlands international has now reportedly been told he is free to leave the Etihad this summer, with 90min confirming the Blues are one of those interested in striking up a deal.

The report suggests the Champions are more in favour of a permanent sale, and Chelsea’s rumoured £200m war chest puts them in a strong position to get a deal over the line.

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Ake free to leave City

The Blues’ interest should be furthered by Ake’s ability to play at both centre-back and left-back, with the need to directly replace Antonio Rudiger a high priority this summer.

The links to another defender may slightly concern supporters however, with no deal being confirmed for any as of yet.

Reports of interest in Matthijs de Ligt, Jules Kounde and Milan Skriniar have all been around for a while now, with the club probably needing at least two acquisitions this summer.

Chelsea are rumoured to be entering negotiations with Manchester City already regarding a potential Raheem Sterling move, so the opportunity to discuss Ake looks set to arise.

Jack is a football journalist who graduated from the University of Derby. He has freelanced for The Athletic and The Sun. Jack has reported live from Premier League and Championship grounds, whilst also being published in the Non League Paper.