Newcastle United are also said to be keen on the Netherlands Under-21 international, who is expected to spend the 2015-16 season out on loan.
Ake, 20, has been left off Chelsea’s pre-season tour of America and is set to be loaned out this season in order to gain some first-team experience.
The Netherlands Under-21 international was linked with a move to Middlesbrough earlier this summer [h/t Daily Mail], where fellow Chelsea fledglings Patrick Bamford, Tomas Kalas and Kenneth Omuero all spent most of last term, but he now looks likelier to remain in the top-flight.
Villa have been named as one of his potential suitors, having seen skipper star Delph leave for Manchester City this week in an astonishing U-turn, but both Leicester City and Newcastle United could provide strong competition for his signature.
The Telegraph’s report claims that Leicester have been targeting Ake since the end of last season and, despite the recent sacking of Nigel Pearson, new boss Claudio Ranieri is still keen on raiding his former club for the promising Dutchman.
The Foxes are said to be preparing for official notification that the out-of-contract Esteban Cambiasso has rejected the chance to return to the King Power Stadium, leaving the club scrambling for options to help bolster their midfield.
Ake, who can also operate at left-back or centre-half, has made just 12 total appearances for Chelsea since earning his first-team debut in December 2012 but has continued to be touted as one of the Premier League champions’ top prospects.
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The versatile rookie also impressed while on a month-long loan at Reading during last term’s run-in, making five Championship appearances before returning to Stamford Bridge to feature as a second-half substitute in the penultimate game of the season at West Bromwich Albion.
Given Sherwood’s noted penchant for giving emerging talents a first-team chance, a move to the Midlands would seem to make sense on paper, although the Villa squad is perhaps more desperate for a creative middle man rather than another defensive-minded option such as Ake.