Chelsea ‘cool interest’ in Bournemouth duo Nathan Ake and Callum Wilson

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Chelsea have cooled their interest in Bournemouth duo Nathan Ake and Callum Wilson, according to reports.

Blues boss Frank Lampard is looking to strengthen his squad this month after the club’s FIFA-imposed transfer ban was reduced.

With Lampard in the market for a centre-back, the club have been heavily linked with a move to re-sign former defender Ake.

Chelsea are understood have scouted the 24-year-old heavily since the start of the season while also watching Cherries’ team-mate Wilson.

However, Sky Sports reports that the West London club are no longer expected to pursue deals for either player and are focusing their attention on other targets.

Ake joined Chelsea’s academy as a teenager in 2011 and made just 17 appearances before moving to Bournemouth in a £20million deal in 2017.

Chelsea are unlikely to exercise the option to re-sign Nathan Ake for £40million

Since joining Eddie Howe’s side, he has established himself as one of the Premier League’s highest-rated centre-backs and has been linked with big money moves to the likes of Manchester City .

Although the Blues inserted a buy-back clause that would have allowed them to re-sign the Netherlands international for just £40m, it is claimed that they are now unlikely to bring him back to Stamford Bridge.

According to the publication, Chelsea have also been keeping tabs on team-mate Wilson for the last 12 months but are no longer expected to make an approach.

Chelsea have also reportedly ended their interest in Callum Wilson

The England international enjoyed a strong start to the season, finding the net five times in Bournemouth’s first seven league games, but has not scored a Premier League goal since September.

Meanwhile, Chelsea are set to lose striker Olivier Giroud before the end of the month, with the Frenchman thought to be nearing a switch to Inter Milan.

The World Cup winner, 33, is in final six months of his current deal at Stamford Bridge and Lampard has admitted he will be allowed to leave under the right circumstances.

Frank Lampard is now understood to be focusing on other targets

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Lampard said last week: “With Ollie the situation is, if it’s right for everybody, and first and foremost that’s us as the club, then we’ll look at whether he can leave the club.

“He’s been a great professional here, who has continued to train professionally without many opportunities. But I still have to make a decision for the football club, and nothing’s done yet.

“Everyone’s talking about it so I’m not going to beat around the bush. I think his agent has spoken to the club, but until anything’s done he’s a Chelsea player.”



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