Chelsea have already identified Nathan Ake as their top centre-back target should Frank Lampard decide he wants a new defender following David Luiz’s move to Arsenal.
The Brazilian held frank talks with his new manager in which it was made clear he was no longer an undisputed starter, prompting a deadline day move to north London in an £8million deal.
Lampard still has a number of options at his disposal in the form of Antonio Rudiger, Andreas Christensen and Kurt Zouma, as well as several youngsters vying for a spot in the squad.
But, according to the Telegraph, Chelsea will make a move to re-sign Ake should Lampard request reinforcements at the back when the club’s transfer ban ends.
Although Bournemouth quoted interested clubs a fee similar to the £75m Liverpool spent on Virgil van Dijk, Chelsea would be able to land Ake for a rather more appealing price tag.
Due to a clause in the deal that saw Ake move to the south coast permanently back in 2017, Chelsea can bring the 24-year-old back to Stamford Bridge for just £40m.
For now, Lampard is happy to start the season with Zouma and Christensen as his centre-halves for Sunday’s clash with Manchester United while Rudiger works his way back to full fitness.
Speaking about Luiz’s departure, Lampard said on Friday: ‘It’s a position that I have a lot of competition. Everyone has to understand that. He has moved on and we wish him the absolute best, because he has been a big part of our history.
‘There wasn’t any strikes. No fall-outs, just honest conversations. As a player I want that as a manager, and I think I got that from David. Him not training was a decision I made.’