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Tottenham have to beat Chelsea to the signing of Nathan Ake

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Tottenham have to beat Chelsea to the signing of Nathan Ake

Nathan Ake is reportedly a transfer target for his former club Chelsea – but Tottenham must do all they can to beat their rivals to the Dutchman.

According to The Telegraph, the Blues are ready to activate a £40 million buy-back on the player, who departed Stamford Bridge in 2017 to join Bournemouth after an initial loan spell.

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Manager Frank Lampard is said to be a big fan of the 24-year-old, and the club are now free to sign players in January after their transfer ban was reduced by CAS.

Ake has been a key figure for the Cherries over the past couple of years, and has gained experience playing in both a back four and a back five.

Spurs have also previously been linked with Ake (The Sun), and Jose Mourinho cannot let his old club get their man.

 

TBR’s view – Ake is ideal Vertonghen successor

Ake would be a great signing for Spurs, especially with it looking like Jan Vertonghen could move on next summer.

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The Belgian’s contract is rapidly running down and the club will need to be thinking about ways of replacing him should contract talks be unsuccessful.

Left-footed Ake would a good signing by Spurs, who often mix things up by playing with two or three centre-halves.

Ake would be perfectly suited to playing on the left side of a back three, and if it means paying a bit more than Chelsea’s £40 million, then perhaps the north Londoners should do it.

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