Nathan Aké is set to remain at Manchester City after the champions decided not to sell the center-back to Chelsea.
Aké had agreed personal terms with Chelsea, but City were only willing to let him move to Stamford Bridge if a price of around £ 45 million was met. That has not happened and it has been decided that the defender should stay in Manchester.
Aké is still considered an important member of Pep Guardiola’s team, but City are ready to let Oleksandr Zinchenko leave if they receive a suitable offer. Arsenal are preparing a bid for the Ukrainian and his departure could hasten City’s choice of Brighton left-back Marc Cucurella.
Chelsea, who want to rebuild their defense after losing Antonio Rüdiger and Andreas Christensen, were looking to make Aké one of three center-back acquisitions. Thomas Tuchel’s team is ready to announce that Kalidou Koulibaly from Napoli has bought £ 33.8 million, and is targeting Paris Saint-Germain’s Presnel Kimpembe. They could also revive their interest in Sevilla’s Jules Koundé.
Kimpembe was able to step into the left-wing central defensive role previously occupied by Rüdiger. Aké also plays in that position, and City’s decision to keep the 27-year-old could help Chelsea keep Levi Colwill, the subject of interest from Crystal Palace, Southampton and Leicester.
Colwill, who impressed on loan at Huddersfield last season, can play as left-back and the 19-year-old is keen to see if he gets first-team opportunities from Tuchel.
Chelsea are considering bringing in coverage for Reece James on the right wing-back. Their switch to Raphinha, who is coming to Barcelona from Leeds, was partly motivated by Tuchel’s belief that he could use the Brazilian as a wing-back. An alternative option for Chelsea could be Lens defender Jonathan Clauss.