Jose Mourinho keen to sign 23-year-old former Chelsea star

Man United eager to sign Bournemouth centre-back Nathan Ake and ready to compete with Chelsea and Liverpool for the footballer. joined Bournemouth on a permanent deal in the summer of 2017 and has flourished in Eddie Howe’s side. The centre-back’s rise has attracted transfer interest from Manchester United and Bournemouth are fearful they could lose the defender to a top-six club in January.

The Express claim Chelsea want to invoke a £40million buy-back clause that was included in the deal that sent Ake to Bournemouth. Ake has already made 64 appearances for Bournemouth and starts in the heart of the defence for the Cherries. Jose Mourinho is desperate for defensive reinforcements after a dismal start to the season. Ake joined Bournemouth in then a club record £20m deal but could be set for a return to Stamford Bridge.

The Netherlands international came through Chelsea’s academy and recently commented on the speculation linking him to United. ‘I’ve seen it pass by but of course, it’s rumoured,’ he told Dutch outlet footballoranje.com. ‘At the moment I play at Bournemouth and that is going well, so I focus on that. ‘This does not say much about my status yet. Red Devils will do everything to add him during the winter.