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Chelsea unlikely to active £40million buy-back clause for Bournemouth defender

Chelsea have reportedly decided against to active their £40million buy-back clause for Bournemouth defender Nathan Ake and also cooled interest in signing of another Cherries star Callum Wilson.

The West London club have been on the lookout for defensive reinforcements before the end of the January transfer window and had been weighing up a move for their former star Nathan Ake.

Ake departed from Stamford Bridge to join Eddie Howe’s side in a £20m deal back in 2017 and since then has established as one of the best defenders in the Premier League.

The Dutch defender is capable of playing at full-back and at centre-back and Chelsea boss, Frank Lampard believes his versatility would be a perfect addition to their squad.

However, according to Sky Sports, the Blues have dropped their interest for the time being and are exploring alternative options before the end of the January transfer window.

The report adds that the West London club have cooled their interest in Ake’s Bournemouth team-mate Callum Wilson, another player on the teams radar in recent months.

The 27-year-old forward has been in terrible form for the Cherries recently and has only managed to found back of the net five times in all competitions since the start of the campaign.

Ake, who made his return due to a hamstring injury last weekend, has remained tight-lipped amid the speculation surrounding his future. And the Cherries boss Eddie Howe insists the Netherlands international defender will be going nowhere this winter.

‘There is nothing to reply,’ Howe said earlier this month when asked whether Ake would be on the move.

‘He is recovering well from his injury, we will see when he is back fit.’