Middlesbrough had lined up a deal for Ake to join along with Tomas Kalas, but instead of following the Czech international to The Riverside, the Dutchman decided he did not want to move back to the Championship.
The 20-year-old spent the end of last season on loan at Reading and although impressing, he is not looking to head back to the second tier again despite the firm offer from Boro.
Now Chelsea are looking at finalising a loan move for him, and they are happy for him to choose where he wants to go - and there is no shortage of interest.
Newcastle United, Leicester City and Premier League new boys Watford are understood to be among the clubs in England monitoring his situation, while German sides Stuttgart and Borussia Moenchengladbach have been also been credited with holding an interest in taking him to the Bundesliga – with the Daily Mail among those to have reported on the clamour for his services.
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