Chelsea Eyes Rayan Ait-Nouri for 2024 Left-Back Position

Antonio Nusa

Chelsea FC is reportedly considering Wolverhampton WanderersRayan Ait-Nouri as a key transfer target for 2024, following reports from 90MIN. The 22-year-old French defender’s impressive performances have put him on Chelsea’s radar as they look to strengthen their left-back lineup.

Chelsea’s interest in Ait-Nouri

Rayan Ait-Nouri’s football journey began with Angers in 2018, where he quickly established himself as a promising young left-back. His loan move to Wolverhampton Wanderers in 2020 turned permanent for £10 million in 2021. Thus marking a significant step in his career.

Despite initial setbacks under Julen Lopetegui, Ait-Nouri’s recent form under Gary O’Neil has reignited interest from top clubs. This includes a nearly completed transfer to Nice. His resurgence has notably caught Chelsea’s attention.

90MIN reports that Chelsea is closely tracking Ait-Nouri, anticipating changes in their left-back squad. The Tunisian international, contracted until 2026 and valued at £21 million by Transfermarkt, is a prospective addition to Chelsea.

Chelsea’s Left-Back Squad Analysis

Ian Maatsen‘s contract is nearing its final 18 months and their potential interest from Manchester City. Therefore, Chelsea might consider selling him this summer. This situation prompts Chelsea to explore additional left-back options. Chelsea’s squad, under Mauricio Pochettino, includes Marc Cucurella and Ben Chilwell. While aiming for optimal squad composition, Pochettino is aware of the importance of maintaining depth and competition within the team.

In addition to Ait-Nouri, Chelsea is keeping tabs on Boca JuniorsValentin Barco and Bayern Munich‘s Alphonso Davies. Amidst potential changes involving Cucurella, Chilwell, or Maatsen, these alternatives are being considered. Ait-Nouri’s appeal extends beyond Chelsea, with Liverpool, Manchester City, Juventus, and Paris Saint-Germain also showing interest. Thus making him a hot commodity for the upcoming transfer window.

As Chelsea deliberates over their left-back options, the future of Ian Maatsen remains up in the air. The chase for Davies and Barco heats up, with Chelsea weighing contract negotiations and potential transfers. Ait-Nouri’s impressive form has firmly placed him on Chelsea’s transfer target list for 2024. Thus adding an exciting twist to their strategic planning.

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