Report: Blues interested in ‘real deal’ 21-year-old left-back

Chelsea are reportedly ready to make a move for Wolves’ Rayan Ait-Nouri.

According to journalist Alan Nixon, the 21-year-old is top of the list for the Blues as they look to replace potentially outgoing Marcos Alonso.

The Frenchman made 23 Premier League appearances last season, starting all of the last five games of the season.

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Ait-Nouri also provided a goal and four assists in those appearances, becoming an attacking asset in a system similar to the one utilised by Thomas Tuchel.

His performances caught the attention of supporters too, with social media being sent into a frenzy after a string of impressive displays.

Nixon reported via his Patreon that the Blues had turned their interest to the Wolves man, with it expected that a deal in the region of £25m would be enough to secure the move.

The interest comes as rumours continue to swirl that the club are set to say goodbye to Spain international Alonso, who is speculated to be returning to his native country to join Barcelona.

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While Ben Chilwell was injured for the majority of last season, the Spaniard played nearly every game in the run-in, continuing to provide the attacking threat he has become known for.

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If Chelsea are to add a left-back to the squad, Ait Nouri provides a perfect example of the kind of player they should go for.

A combination of youth and Premier League experience is often the perfect formula for a move for a squad player at a big club in this country. At 21, the Frenchman has a long career ahead of him, but he has already made himself a regular for a side challenging the traditional ‘top six’.

If he is happy deputising for Chilwell to begin with, bringing Ait-Nouri in would be the ideal moves for the Blues.

Jack is a football journalist who graduated from the University of Derby. He has freelanced for The Athletic and The Sun. Jack has reported live from Premier League and Championship grounds, whilst also being published in the Non League Paper.