Chelsea ban has been lifted and the board is keen on spending in the Winter transfer in a bid to strengthen their squad and the Stamford Bridge outfit has got a number of targets on their list with manager Frank Lampard willing to sanction their moves.
But it is also understood that the City wants to sign Ake if they can do it next month, since he could not replace Vincent Kompany in the summer and suffered as a result of Aymeric Laporte's long-term injury.
At 24, the established Dutch worldwide Ake is seen as a future star by a large number of clubs, including Tottenham and Everton, which have developed well under Eddie Howe on the south coast.
It looks like they've identified Ake as a target, but it will be up to Chelsea to decide if they want to bring him in and if they do, City will have to look elsewhere. The boy is ideal for them and he has played with (manager Frank) Lampard.
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Ake was a product of Chelsea's youth academy and came through the ranks with the likes of Tammy Abraham and Fikayo Tomori.
But the Netherlands global is also wanted by his former club Chelsea as Frank Lampard looks to shore up his defence.
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