Lukaku handed Chelsea to BLOW exit, Blues ‘will move for Ait-Nouri’, Gallagher a ‘first-team player’ – latest updates
Morning Chelsea Fans
Chelsea will move for Wolves defender Rayan Ait-Nouri once Marcos Alonso completes his move to Barcelona.
The Blues have been keeping tabs on the French Under-21 star ever since it became clear the club would face a defensive exodus this summer.
And journalist Alan Nixon believes Chelsea have earmarked £25m for Ait-Nouri – although they are likely to face competition from Manchester City and Paris Saint-Germain.
However, Wolves have no intention of selling Rayan Ait-Nouri to Chelsea, a source has revealed.
Wanderers boss Bruno Lage wants to build his tight squad and is in no mood to let the French winger leave four years behind on his contract.
Ait-Nouri cost Angers £10m last summer.
But Wolves are not interested in cashing in on him to make a quick £15m profit.
Elsewhere, Chelsea are reportedly considering a transfer for Lazio goalkeeper Thomas Strakosha.
Strakosha is available on a free transfer.
And the Blues see him as a viable option to replace No1 goalkeeper Kepa if he decides to leave Stamford Bridge, according to Fabrizio Romano.
Meanwhile, Andreas Christensen is keen to complete his move from Chelsea to Barcelona soon.
When asked when his move to Barca will take place, he replied: “Hopefully soon.
“I knew what I was going to do for a while. I’m just waiting for the right moment. Unfortunately, it’s not entirely up to me. There are also other things that need to fall into place.
“It’s one of the biggest clubs in Europe. I think it’s for everyone – whether they’ve had problems or not, it’s still one of the biggest clubs for a player .”
Elsewhere, Jules Kounde’s dream move to Chelsea has been rocked by a storm of injuries.
The £70m-rated Sevilla defender underwent surgery on Tuesday on an old pelvic problem that flared up on international duty on Monday.
Kounde fears that although the operation is minor, it could still affect his chances of securing a big-money transfer to the Prem this summer.
And Sevilla are privately fuming that Kounde opted to play for France against Croatia in the Nations League, while dealing the blow and risking the deal.
Finally, former Chelsea star Jake Clarke-Salter has reportedly agreed to join QPR.
The 24-year-old will complete the transfer on Wednesday, according to The Athletic.
This is after his medical examination is complete, the report adds.