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Chelsea have struggled defensively this season, conceding 44 goals in just 33 Premier League games. Only Burnley have conceded more among the top 10 teams in the Premier League.
Pundits believe that Chelsea need a top centre-half to complement Antonio Rudiger at the back for Chelsea, with Frank Lampard trying out all his options in defence this season, to no avail.
Chelsea boss Frank Lampard is keen on solving Chelsea’s defensive problems ahead of next season, with the club already making some massive signings to add to the attack.
However, Chelsea could have gotten that deal for a top defender wrapped up in academy product Nathan Ake.
The Blues opted against triggering his £40m clause during the January window, despite having their transfer ban lifted. When Chelsea sold Ake to Bournemouth in 2017 for a fee of £20m, a clause was inserted in his contract that will allow the Blues to buy back the defender for £40m.
Ake has now grown into a top centre-half, and has caught the eye of Olé Gunnar Solskjaer, who’s also keen on signing a defender during the summer transfer window.
Manchester United defeated Bournemouth 5-2 over the weekend, and BT Sport posted a Twitter video on Sunday morning which showed the players and managers interacting after the match.
Solskjaer approached Ake and was quoted by BT Sport as saying: “Good luck. You need a bit of luck from your centre-backs. Just keep going.”
However, United fans on social media believe that their manager said something else.
They reckon the United boss said: “We need a left-footed centre-back, keep going.”