Chelsea trio linked with an exit, as Ake interests Premier League duo

    Marcos Alonso of Chelsea during the Premier League match between Chelsea FC and AFC Bournemouth at Stamford Bridge
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    As usual, there are a plethora of transfer stories in the media, which is understandable with the winter transfer opening in just a few weeks’ time.

    Here are some of the stories doing the rounds:

    Chelsea trio linked with an exit

    According to the Daily Mirror, Chelsea could allow Marcos Alonso, Olivier Giroud and Pedro leave in the January transfer window.

    All three stars are out-of-favour at Stamford Bridge and with the Blues transfer ban now lifted could be sold, if the club from south west London could find replacements.

    Alonso is reportedly interesting Italian giants Inter, who are now managed by former Chelsea boss Antonio Conte. The Italian boss is a big fan of the Spanish full-back, who he seemed to get the best out of during their time together.

    Giroud has failed to ever nail down a regular starting role in the capital since his move from Arsenal. The veteran French striker has been unable to break into this team because of the stellar form of youngster Tammy Abraham.

    Pedro has also been a victim of the good form of young attacking midfielders Christian Pulisic and Mason Mount this season.

    Chelsea and City battling for Ake

    Staying with Chelsea, according to Sky Sports, Chelsea are set to battle it out with Premier League rivals Manchester City for the signature of Bournemouth centre-back Nathan Ake.

    The Dutch centre-back of course previously played for Chelsea. However, he left the Blues to join Bournemouth in order to gain experience and play more first-team football. When the defender left, Chelsea inserted a £40million buy-back clause in the deal.

    The Blues defence has struggled for clean sheets this season, so a move for Ake would certainly make sense. However, reportedly Manchester City are also interested in signing the Dutch international defender.

    Ake sustained an injury against Liverpool at the weekend. However, the injury is unlikely to deter interest in the defender.

    Will there be much transfer movement at Chelsea in January?