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Chelsea shifts focus to other targets as a deal for Ake collapses

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It is no secret that Chelsea are in the market for centre-backs owing to the exits of Andreas Christensen and Antonio Rudiger. The Blues are in dire need to sign defenders in order to build a competitive squad.

Chelsea has been linked with multiple top centre-backs over the summer including Nathan Ake. The Dutchman was touted to leave Manchester City in search of regular minutes this season. However, the deal seems to have collapsed.

The Dutch international is expected to stay at the Etihad after Chelsea failed to meet City’s valuation for the player. Nathan Ake joined Manchester City in 2020 after three seasons with Bournemouth. The defender has made 40 appearances for the English champions, however, he has expressed a wish for regular playing time.

The defender seems to be satisfied with his role for the upcoming season after a reported conversation with Pep Guardiola. Regardless of what the future holds for Nathan Ake, it is now clear that Chelsea will have to focus on alternate targets.

Chelsea target Presnel Kimpembe from PSG to strengthen defense

Presnel Kimpembe is the new target for the reigning world champions, Chelsea to strengthen their defense. The French defender is at the peak of his career and is considered one of the best centre-backs in France.

The French international has been a part of the Paris Saint-Germain since 2014 and has also amassed 28 caps for the France national team. Presnel Kimpembe has a lot of experience playing in Europe as well and can be a good signing.

However, Chelsea will have to splurge big on the French defender to lure him away from PSG. The French champions consider Kimpembe to be a part of the project, however, are said to be willing to sell for a good price. Chelsea will have to spend upwards of €50/55 million to secure the signing of Kimpembe.

The Blues have already spent big on acquisitions of Kalidou Koulibaly and Raheem Sterling this summer. It will be interesting to see if the English giant will be willing to spend around the €50/55 million mark for the defender. Nonetheless, the upcoming days will be interesting for this transfer saga as the start of the season draws closer.

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