According to Telegraph, both clubs are keeping tabs on the Dutch defender but Chelsea are ahead of them in the race. The report claims that the Blues have a gentleman’s agreement to sign the player for around £40m.
If Chelsea decide to take up that option, Spurs and United will miss out.
Tottenham could use a central defender at the end of this season and Ake would be a superb addition. The versatile 23-year-old would be ideal for Pochettino’s side.
With Alderweireld expected to depart, Vertonghen and Sanchez will be the starters. Spurs could use Ake in a back three as well as a squad option. Furthermore, he can play as a left back as well and that would allow Pochettino to switch tactics effectively.
The Londoners must make a move for the player in January in order to avoid a bidding war. Chelsea are unlikely to splash out on a defender in January and that could be an advantage for Spurs.
However, it will tough convincing the Cherries to part with Ake midway through the season.