Manchester City are reportedly considering a £40million bid for Bournemouth’s Nathan Ake, who looks certain to be centre of a transfer tug of war in January.Manager Pep Guardiola is believed to have watched Ake, the Netherlands international, throughout the summer, and he thinks the 23-year-old can slot straight into City’s defence. Ake first joined Chelsea on loan before they signed him permanently in 2017 Latest transfer news three-way race 2 IN DEMAND Kevin De Bruyne ‘loves Man City and wants to keep winning’, reveals father Mauricio Pochettino, the Spurs boss, is said to view Ake as a long-term replacement for Toby Alderweireld – with doubts remaining over the Belgium international’s future – while United coach Jose Mourinho has been chasing a new central defender since the summer.However, Chelsea could end their Premier League rivals’ hopes of signing Ake by using a clause they have for the defender to scupper any deal.As reported by talkSPORT earlier this week, the Blues have first refusal on the player they sold to Bournemouth last summer. Guardiola’s desire to capture the centre-back means he is weighing up a £40million offer for Ake, according to The Sun.City’s interest in Ake is reported just a couple of weeks after it was claimed both Manchester United and Tottenham are also keeping tabs on him. 2 Cavani ‘agrees’ to join new club and will complete free transfer next summer Man United joined by three other clubs in race for Erling Haaland The biggest market value losers in 2019, including Bale and ex-Liverpool star RANKED targets TOP WORK Where every Premier League club needs to strengthen in January Tony Cascarino backs Everton to sign two strikers for Carlo Ancelotti LIVING THE DREAM Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade targets Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Ndidi bid, targets named, Ozil is ‘skiving little git’ LATEST Getty Images – Getty moving on Chelsea confident of beating Man United and Liverpool to Sancho signing Ake has emerged as a target for a number of Premier League clubs Liverpool’s signings under Michael Edwards – will Minamino be the next big hit? REVEALED The £20million deal taking Ake to Dean Court included a gentleman’s agreement allowing Chelsea to sign him back for £40million should another team submit an offer for the Dutch international.