The Error By Chelsea? The club management of the Blues did not activate the release clause of Nathan Ake in this winter transfer window. Nathan Ake was injured at that point in time. However, the Blues can activate the release clause of Nathan Ake in this winter transfer window only. The release clause of Nathan Ake is £40m at this moment. However, the release clause will not be valid after this winter transfer window. So, the club management of the Blues will have to buy Nathan Ake with an increased transfer fee at that point of time.

However, it is seeming that the star centre back of Bournemouth is not in the plan of Frank Lampard for the long term. At this moment, Chelsea has four centre backs in their squad. According to the reports, the club management of the Blues thinks that Nathan Ake will not be an upgrade of Andreas Christensen, Antonio Rudiger, Fikayo Tomori and Kurt Zouma. The defensive stats of Nathan Ake are quite similar as of the other four defenders of the Blues.

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The only advantage of Nathan Ake is his versatility. Ake can play at any position in the defence and his adaptability is quite impressive. So, he could have been a good addition for the Blues as the manager of Chelsea, Frank Lampard used to change his formation in every match. So, the adaptability of the defenders at various positions is very much important for the whole side.

The club management of the Blues is now willing to save the money to land a star centre back in the next summer transfer window. The likely targets if Chelsea in the next summer transfer window are Kalidou Koulibaly and Skriniar. The club management of the Blues wants to get someone like Virgil Van Dijk in their central defence to challenge Liverpool in the Premier League next season.

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The target of Chelsea in this season will be to finish at the top four at the end of this season. Champions League qualification in the next season will be the main criteria for the Blues. That realistic target can be achieved with the players in the squad of Chelsea currently. Chelsea has been eyeing to get the winger of Crystal Palace, Wilfried Zaha in this winter transfer window. However, the reports are stating that the club management of the Blues is currently not willing to buy Wilfried Zaha at this moment.

They will try to get Jadon Sancho in the next summer transfer window with a transfer fee worth £100m. If they have to bring in Wilfried Zaha in the winter transfer window, they will have to pay £80m. Jadon Sancho will certainly be an upgrade of Wilfried Zaha. That’s why they are willing to save the money to go for big players in the summer transfer window. More players will be available in the market after the end of the season. So, the Blues are currently thinking of long term investments rather than bringing in a player for a short period of time.