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Chelsea looking at Rayan Ait-Nouri option as they look to replace defender

Rayan Ait-Nouri Wolves May 2022

Chelsea are pondering a summer move for Wolves wing back Rayan Ait-Nouri, according to a report.

Thomas Tuchel is facing a totally rebuild of his defence this summer. Andreas Christensen, Antonio Rudiger, Cesar Azpilicueta and Marcos Alonso could all move on in the next month or so.

It will leave Tuchel with several holes to plug, and the German is thinking about a move for Wolves star Ait-Nouri as a replacement for Alonso, claims The Sun.

The Spaniard is a target for Barcelona and is understood to be keen to push through a deal.

Tuchel will be given the final say on Alonso’s future with the defender under contract until 2023.

90min claim that Chelsea will be given the chance to sign Barcelona’s Sergino Dest if Alonso moves to Catalonia. But Tuchel is thought to have other ideas and Ait-Nouri is being lined up as cover for Ben Chilwell.

Chilwell spent six-months of the recent campaign out with a cruciate ligament injury. And the former Leicester man has still not regained his England place.

Ait-Nouri, 21, was understood to be a target for Liverpool last year, and he has also been monitored by Manchester City, according to the Daily Mail.

He has impressed for Wolves in the last two seasons and made 27 appearances last term, scoring once.

Ait-Nouri, who is under contract until 2026, was a £9.5m signing last summer after impressing on loan the previous season.

Rayan Ait-Nouri ‘on the right track’

Angers are understood to hold a 50 per cent sell-on clause for Ait-Nouri. So any fee would see Wolves consider that factor.

However, they have the option to buy out that option held by the French club, according to the Express & Star.

Ait-Nouri has showed plenty of promise and he said he was on “the right track” in March.

He was also asked about his time under Nuno Espirito Santo and Bruno Lage.

“They are different. I feel I’ve got a lot out of both of them.

“Nuno last year, I was happy to learn with him. Nuno is more reserved, Lage is very close to his players, but they’re both very good coaches and I feel I’ve improved a lot in terms of tactics and a physical point of view.

“I’m very happy to have been able to work with both and will continue to do my best and earn Bruno’s trust,” he told he club’s website.

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