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Former Chelsea midfielder Craig Burley has claimed that the Blues’ pursuit of Manchester Metropolis defender Nathan Ake “smacks somewhat little bit of desperation”, as Thomas Tuchel goals to rebuild his back-line with the acquisition of the Dutchman. A price of £45million has been mentioned for Ake to return to Stamford Bridge, after leaving the membership for Bournemouth in 2017.With Antonio Rudiger and Andreas Christensen leaving Chelsea for Actual Madrid and Barcelona respectively, Ake has been one identify talked about as a potential substitute however Burley was not enthused in regards to the potential signing. “I do know Chelsea want centre-halves,” Burley informed ESPN. “But when it’s the pond they’re fishing in for third or fourth-choice gamers at that value, that sort of smacks of somewhat little bit of desperation for the time being.”Burley was joined by former Manchester Metropolis defender Nedum Onouha on the panel, and he admitted whereas the reported price was excessive it’s the value that should be paid for gamers on the high finish of the market. “Nathan Ake did very nicely for Metropolis within the final season or two,” Onouha mentioned.“As is the case with quite a lot of gamers in that squad, they’re all adequate to have the ability to play within the Premier League however you possibly can solely choose 11 and it’s a squad of 25, so you might be leaving some actual good gamers on the bench.READ MORE: Barcelona star Frenkie de Jong ‘picks between’ Man Utd and Chelsea transfers

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