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Chelsea won't give Man City clear run at Bournemouth defender Ake

Chelsea are prepared to battle Manchester City for Bournemouth defender Nathan Ake.

With relegation for the Cherries looking a more-and-more likely prospect despite his best efforts this season, Ake looks set to move on this summer.

The Athletic reports City had the 25-year-old watched before Christmas as they showed an initial interest.

Pep Guardiola's side decided against making a January move for the ex-Chelsea defender, however, despite the long-term injury suffered by Aymeric Laporte.

The Frenchman is now fully fit, but City have decided that they would still like another left-sided defender.

Initial talks are believed to be underway... although Chelsea remain "in the conversation".

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