Chelsea's big regret: Blues sold him for £20m, now he is worth more than Reece James

Chelsea's big regret: Blues sold him for £20m, now he is worth more than Reece James

Ifeanyi Ufomadu 10:42 - 17.02.2024

Chelsea have struggled defensively for a few seasons and the club must now regret selling one of their brightest talents back in 2017.

In the summer of 2017, Chelsea decided to part ways with a promising defensive talent, Nathan Ake, who moved to Bournemouth for a reported fee of £20 million. 

Little did they know that this move would come back to haunt them, as Ake has since evolved into one of the best defenders in the world.

Nathan Ake left Chelsea in 2017 || Imago

Chelsea's defensive struggles in recent times, coupled with the injury woes of talents like Reece James and Wesley Fofana, only serve to amplify the regret over letting Ake slip through their grasp. 

Ex-Chelsea man Nathan Ake now worth more than Reece James

Ake, now a stalwart at Manchester City, has demonstrated exceptional defensive prowess and versatility, becoming a linchpin in Pep Guardiola's well-drilled backline.

Reece James has struggled with injuries over the past 3 seasons | Premier League Image

This unbelievable run of form with the blue side of Manchester has seen his value increase considerably, with the CIES Football Observatory valuing him at around £51m, or £31m more than Chelsea sold him for in 2017.

This valuation means that in the current market, Ake is worth more than the Blues' captain, James, who CIES value at just £34m, which is likely down to his constant injuries.

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