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Report: Chelsea end interest in big-money PL pair, no January moves to happen

Chelsea have ended their interest in Bournemouth duo Nathan Ake and Callum Wilson according to Sky Sports.

The Blues have a £40 million buy back option on centre back Ake who was at the club from 2011 to 2017.

Ake was sold to Bournemouth for £20 million and Chelsea were linked with a move for the Dutch defender in January.

However with the emergence of Fikayo Tomori, Chelsea manager Frank Lampard has deemed the signing of Ake unnecesary and the club will not exercise the buy back option.

Ake was a product of Chelsea’s youth academy which produced Tomori along with current Blues’ stars Tammy Abraham and Mason Mount.

Chelsea have also been linked with a move for striker Wilson for some time now but the move seems unlikely in the face of his poor form this season.

Wilson started the season well with five goals in the first eight league games but hasn’t scored since 28th September in the Premier League.

His form has been representative of Bournemouth’s fortunes this season.

The Cherries find themselves in the relegation zone after a poor string of results which has seen them take just four points out of their last 11 matches.

Chelsea were looking at 27-year-old Wilson to compliment the impressive Tammy Abraham but the Blues will now look elsewhere to bolster their attacking options.

The club was faced with a transfer ban in the summer and Lampard was unable to sign any players but the ban was lifted and Chelsea are expected to be in the market as Lampard’s side aim to secure a top four spot.

They have been linked with a move for a left back and a backup striker should Olivier Giroud choose to move away from Stamford Bridge.

The Blues are currently in fourth place, five points ahead of Manchester United in fifth.

However, their shortcomings have often been exposed this term especially at home in losses to Bournemouth, Southampton, Liverpool and West Ham at Stamford Bridge.

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