Wolverhampton Wanderers left-back Rayan Ait-Nouri has been added by Chelsea to their list of prospective 2024 targets.
When Ait-Nouri made his debut with Angers in 2018, he became one of the best young left-backs available. In 2020, he was loaned to Wolves, where he was signed permanently for £10 million a year later.
Under current manager Gary O’Neil, the 22-year-old has experienced a comeback after being kept out of the team under former manager Julen Lopetegui and nearly securing a summer transfer to Nice.
Ait-Nouri has now made his way onto Chelsea’s radar after making another positive impression at the London club. The Blues have been monitoring Ait-Nouri as they get ready for a possible change in their left-back depth for next season, according to reliable sources who spoke with The Ball Is Square.
As the last 18 months of his contract draw near, Ian Maatsen may leave Chelsea, as Manchester City is believed to be fond of the Dutchman. While Chelsea does have Ben Chilwell and Marc Cucurella on their roster, the Blues are eager to keep their depth at the position.
Alphonso Davies, the left-back for Bayern Munich, is a highly sought-after player, but Chelsea feels Real Madrid is well ahead in the competition for the Canada international. Chelsea is also keeping an eye on Boca Juniors’ Valentin Barco, an Argentine sensation with a £8 million release clause in his contract. The Blues are ready to compete with Man City for the 19-year-old.
Chelsea is considering a wide range of options due to the fierce competition for both Davies and Barco. They have been pleased with Ait-Nouri, who has also been observed by Liverpool, Manchester City, Juventus, and Paris Saint-Germain over the last 12 months.
As they prepare for Ait-Nouri’s leave, Wolves are keeping a close eye on Atletico Mineiro defender Guilherme Arana as a potential replacement.