Everton and Tottenham see Bournemouth defender Nathan Ake as a future star, according to Sky Sports. Chelsea, however, holds the aces in terms of signing him due to a £40 million buy-back clause.
The Blues sold the centre-back in 2017 but were quick to include an option to take the Dutchman back in the future.
Frank Lampard will see a transfer ban lifted at Stamford Bridge during January and he is expected to strengthen.
Everton will probably have a new manager by the time the transfer window opens and Tottenham boss Jose Mourinho will also have targets in mind.
Both clubs could look to rival Chelsea for Ake’s signature. If the 24-year-old does leave the Cherries it seems likely he will want some guarantees over first-team football.
Ake has 11 caps for the Netherlands and at 24 he has 133 Premier League appearances to his name.
He has become a mainstay in the Bournemouth team and it seems unlikely they will be able to keep him for much longer.
Everton have struggled this season and some defensive reinforcements wouldn’t go amiss at Goodison Park.
Tottenham could lose Jan Vertonghen and Toby Alderweireld next summer and that will almost certainly lead them towards new signings.
Both clubs could be powerless if Chelsea chooses to activate their clause which would see him return to Stamford Bridge.
Ake would be a quality signing for most clubs in the Premier League and it looks set to be an interesting race for his signature.
The Cherries have lost their last five Premier League fixtures and losing Ake would represent a massive blow to them.
Everton, Tottenham and Chelsea all have significant pulling power and it will be interesting to see if one of the three lands Ake during the mid-season transfer window.