Report: Chelsea could still go for £45m wing-back if they fail to get Cucurella deal over the line

Wolverhampton Wanderers star Rayan Ait Nouri is reportedly an alternative for Chelsea if they miss out on signing Brighton’s Marc Cucurella.

According to The Express, both Chelsea and Manchester City continue to monitor Wolves wing-back Ait-Nouri.

It is explained the 21-year-old’s a different option for the two Premier League giants, who still have him on their radars in case they need to strengthen in defence.

The report says both Chelsea and Man City are vying for the signature of Brighton’s left-back Marc Cucurella, but the loser in that transfer bottle may look to complete a raid on the Wolves XI.

In addition, there’s currently no interest from those at Molineux in selling Ait-Nouri.

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Ait-Nouri alternative for Chelsea

Chelsea have lost out on transfers already this summer when they looked over the line, so it’s not the worst idea to have a different target up your sleeve.

As it stands, rumours suggest that 24-year-old Brighton star Cucurella will be the new faced added to the squad at Stamford Bridge to reinforce the left side of defence.

The Blues are reportedly prepared to match Brighton’s £50million asking price to sign him in this window.

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First of all, it’s worth pointing out that both are two of the most exciting full-backs outside the top six clubs in the Premier League.

However, you’d have to give the edge right now to Cucurella in terms of ability and price tag. The potential of the Wolves youngster is really exciting, though.

It was reported in June that Wolves want £45million to allow Ait-Nouri’s sale, which is just a small amount under Cucurella’s quoted £50million price.

The Brighton man, who is a few years older, does look the more complete package right now.

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