Why Chelsea decided against signing Manchester City-bound Nathan Ake

Chelsea have a buyback clause to re-sign Nathan Ake for £40m (Picture: Getty)

Chelsea will not activate a buyback clause in order to sign Bournemouth captain Nathan Ake this summer because Frank Lampard does not view the Dutchman as an upgrade on the club’s centre-backs.

Ake, 25, is set to join Manchester City after the Cherries accepted a £41million offer for the centre-back.

The Netherlands international joined Bournemouth in 2017 in a £20m deal from Chelsea.

The Blues were fond of the defender but they had an abundance of options at the time and instead inserted a £40m buyback clause in his contract, meaning they could re-sign the defender for twice what they sold him for.

The clause effectively gives Chelsea first refusal on the defender and the club have a short window – believed to be 72 hours – in which they can activate the clause after Bournemouth notified the Blues of their accepted bid.

Ake left Chelsea for Bournemouth in 2017 (Photo by Kieran Galvin/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

However, according to the Athletic, there is no chance of Chelsea matching the bid as Frank Lampard has never considered a move for Ake.

The Dutchman is not considered an upgrade on what Lampard already has available to him and the Englishman only wants to recruit a top level centre-back this summer.

Chelsea conceded an astonishing 54 goals last term, which translates as 1.42 goals a game in the Premier League.

That’s the most the club have conceded in the last 24 years in a single campaign and Lampard wants to sign an experienced centre-back to play alongside Antonio Rudiger.

However, that man won’t be Ake. The Dutchman is, in any case, keen on joining City as he wants to work with Pep Guardiola.

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