Chelsea have opened talks with Manchester City over the prospect of a double move for Raheem Sterling and Nathan Ake.
Co-owner Todd Boehly contacted the Premier League champions on Monday to check on their valuation of both players, with Chelsea keen to sign both.
While Sterling had emerged as one of Chelsea’s top attacking targets some time ago and has already been contacted by head coach Thomas Tuchel, Ake has moved towards the top of their list of potential defensive signings.
Tuchel was interested in signing Ake while he was in charge of Borussia Dortmund and the fact the 27-year-old can slot in to the left side of a back three to replace Antonio Rudiger, as well as fill in at left-back and in midfield, is particularly attractive.
Ake also offers Premier League experience, which could be vital given Chelsea have to sign at least two new central defenders this summer.
Just as Sterling would be open to a move to Stamford Bridge, Ake is thought to be open to the idea of returning to Chelsea, where he spent seven years after joining as a 15-year-old.
Chelsea have spoken to Juventus about Matthijs de Ligt, but the Italians are currently holding out for a huge fee which has held up progress, while discussions are ongoing over a move for long-term target Jules Kounde from Sevilla.
Were Chelsea to sign Kounde and Ake, then Reece James could start next season on the right side of Tuchel’s back three with the Frenchman at right wing-back to give him time to get used to English football.