Frank Lampard is considering whether to make a January move for former Chelsea defender Nathan Ake, according to The Telegraph.
In an exclusive by the reliable Matt Law, he states that Lampard wants to assess the fitness and form of Antonio Rudiger before making a decision on Ake.
Law acknowledges that Ake potentially picked up an injury yesterday, but say both clubs will hope that it is not serious.
Chelsea head coach Lampard will assess Rudiger before deciding whether or not to make a £40m January move for Nathan Ake – yes I know he got injured today. Chelsea and Bournemouth will hope it's nothing serious. Also, Giroud to ask to leave #cfchttps://t.co/RCn9aQoWfd
— Matt Law (@Matt_Law_DT) December 7, 2019
Another reporter Nicolo Schira also claims that Chelsea are looking at a move for Ake, but actually cites it being for the left back position.
Marcos #Alonso could leave from #Chelsea in January. He would want to return in Serie A. #Inter are interested in him, but only on loan with option to buy. Marina Granovskaia prefers a permanent deal. #Blues could replace Alonso with #Chilwell or #Akè. #transfers #CFC
— Nicolò Schira (@NicoSchira) December 7, 2019
After yesterday’s awful defensive display, or non-existent one, Lampard might feel that he needs to invest in defenders in January regardless of how Rudiger is on his return.
They were heartless and gutless at the back yesterday and are in serious need of some more physical fight, confidence, and leadership there.
Law does state in his report that the defence ‘is an area of concern for Lampard.’
Understatement of the year!