Frank Lampard is keen on bringing Nathan Ake back to Stamford Bridge in January.
Ake, 24, made 17 appearances for Chelsea between 2012 and 2017, but failed to make a sustained first-team breakthrough. He was shipped out on loan to Reading, Watford and Bournemouth, eventually joining the latter permanently and establishing himself as a star performer under Eddie Howe.
Now, though, according to Bleacher Report, he looks likely to link up with Lampard and rejoin the club where he made his senior debut. Chelsea have a £40 million ($52m) buy-back clause and are now keen to activate it, even though Ake is currently sidelined with a hamstring injury.
While Ake would predominantly be deployed at centre-back, Chelsea could also use him at left-back and even in midfield. Manchester City are also interested in his signature, but Chelsea appear to be frontrunners at this stage.
Chelsea have reached an agreement to make their first signing since their transfer ban was lifted, with Norwegian teenager Bryan Fiabema set to join the Blues in January.
Soaccar news has learned that the 16-year-old forward, who has represented Norway at Under-17 level, will move to west London from Tromso, with whom he made his professional debut in July against FK Haugesund.