Chelsea won’t activate a buyback clause in order to land Bournemouth captain Nathan Ake this summer because Frank Lampard doesn’t view the Dutchman as an upgrade on the club’s centre-halves.
The 25-year-old is set to join Manchester City after the Cherries accepted a £41 million bid for the centre-back. The Netherlands international joined Bournemouth back in 2017 in a £20 million deal from Chelsea.
The west Londoners were fond of the defender but they had an abundance of variants at the time and instead inserted a £40 million buyback clause in his contract, meaning they could re-sign the player for twice what they sold him for.
The clause effectively gives the Blues first refusal on the defender and the club have a short window – understood to be 72 hours – in which they can activate the clause after the Cherries notified the Blues of their accepted bid.
However, according to the Athletic, there is no chance of the Blues matching the bid as Frank Lampard has never considered a swoop for Ake.
The Dutchman is not considered an upgrade on what Frank already has available to him and the Englishman only wants to recruit a top level central defender this summer.
Chelsea conceded an astonishing 54 goals last season, which translates as 1.42 goals a match in the Premier League.
That’s the most the club have conceded in the last 24 years in a single season and Lampard wants to sign an experienced centre-half to play alongside Antonio Rudiger.
However, that man won’t be Nathan. The Dutchman is, in any case, keen on joining the Citizens as he wants to work with Pep Guardiola.