Chelsea are interested in Wolverhampton Wanderers defender Rayan Ait-Nouri.
The Lowdown: Impressed for Wolves
The 21-year-old has become an increasingly important player for Wolves ever since he joined as a teenager in 2020.
The Latest: Chelsea Eye Ait-Nouri
According to the Daily Mail, the Blues are targeting the Wolves defender as a potential replacement for Marcos Alonso, who wants to leave Stamford Bridge this summer.
Thomas Tuchel may face a battle for the Angers Academy graduate, who is also being monitored by Manchester City.
The Verdict: Better than Alonso
If the Spain international leaves, the west London club would be left with Ben Chilwell and Baba Rahman as their only natural left wing-backs.
The former has only played seven Premier League games this campaign due to a cruciate ligament injury, and the latter hasn’t played a game for Chelsea since 2016, making a replacement for Alonso vital.
Ait-Nouri has the quality to be that player. Out of the players that have made more than five league appearances for Wolves, the 5 foot 10 defender has the highest WhoScored rating.
He is living up to the potential he displayed on his debut, which caused journalist Tim Spiers to call him “phenomenal”.
“Ait-Nouri was phenomenal. I know it’s only one game and he’s a kid, and he got a lot of space at times, but he played with such enthusiasm and really helped stretch that game out on the left.”
The 21-year-old is in the top 5% of all full-backs in Europe’s top five leagues for dribbles, tackles, and pressures, showing that he can impact the game at both ends of the pitch.
Chelsea will be making a great move then if they can bring this talented young defender to Stamford Bridge.