Former Arsenal star urges Arsenal to hijack Chelsea transfer target

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Former Arsenal midfielder Stewart Robson has urged the Gunners to sign Nathan Ake from Bournemouth.

Chelsea sold the defender and inserted a buy-back clause in Ake’s contract when they sold him to the Cherries in 2017 for £20m.

Chelsea can now sign him back for £40m, and reports claim that Chelsea boss Frank Lampard is keen on the Netherlands international in the January transfer window as the Chelsea manager seeks to strengthen his defence.

“I still think Nathan Ake is good player,” Robson told Love Sport Radio.

“There’s talk about him going back to Chelsea because they can buy him for a certain price but he’s a very good centre-half.

“He’s not the biggest but he’s got good spring and I think he’s the type of player [Mikel] Arteta will like. He would be my choice coming in from Bournemouth.”

Meanwhile, Bournemouth boss Eddie Howe insists no club is yet to submit a formal bid for Nathan Ake.

When asked if any formal approaches had been made, he told reporters: “Nothing to report on Nathan (Ake). He is recovering well from his injury, we will see when he is back fit.”

Ake has been out injured since December 7 and is expected to be out until late January with an ongoing thigh injury.

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