Chelsea have reportedly been told they must pay £45m if they want to secure Wolves left back Rayan Ait-Nouri this summer.
Ait-Nouri has quickly become one of the most in-demand defenders of the 2022 summer window. Alongside Chelsea, Man City and Brighton have also been linked with a move for the Frenchman. Now, potential suitors have been told how much money they must pay for his services – and it isn’t good news.
According to The Sun, Wolves want £45m if they are to sell Ait-Nouri this summer.
Having played only 23 league games during the 2021/22 campaign, it may come as a surprise that Ait-Nouri has attracted so much attention.
But given his age and potential, clubs could be signing a future world class defender worthy of such a staggering price tag.
According to the report, Wolves would be open to selling as they look to fund a summer of spending themselves. After finishing 10th last season, the club will be looking to push for a European spot next season.
The price tag poses a new dilemma for Man City. Having been told Brighton defender Marc Cucurella will cost £50m, they may prefer this option instead.
But if they go for Cucurella, it would leave Brighton desperate for a replacement. However, the Seagulls are unlikely to pay the whole £50m to find such a player.
Chelsea face huge Rayan Ait-Nouri decision
This then leaves Chelsea as the potential frontrunners for his signature.
Having already sold Antonio Rudiger and Andreas Christensen, the Blues must recruit defensively this window.
They also face the risk of losing their two main left backs soon, with Cesar Azpilicueta strongly linked to Barcelona.
Marcos Alonso has also been linked with a move away from Stamford Bridge as the club look to reshape for next season.
With that being said, a move for Ait-Nouri makes sense. Despite his huge fee, at 21 the club could get years of action out of him.
He could also be the perfect fit for Thomas Tuchel’s system. His pace and attacking presence would make him a strong performer in a 3-4-2-1 system.
Now, all that remains to be seen is whether Chelsea’s new owners believe Ait-Nouri is worth the price tag attached.