According to the Daily Mail, Thomas Tuchel’s side have added Ait-Nouri to their transfer shortlist as they look to replace Marcos Alonso, with the Spaniard likely to join Barcelona when his contract with the Blues expires.
Reliable journalist Alan Nixon has also suggested that the Stamford Bridge outfit are keen on signing the 21-year-old ahead of next season, which would undoubtedly be a blow for Bruno Lage, as the youngster may struggle to turn down the offer of Champions League football next season.
Ait-Nouri enjoyed a promising debut season with the Old Gold, making 23 appearances in the top flight, in which he contributed one goal and two assists, averaging an impressive 6.96 rating from WhoScored for his performances.
With Marcal expected to leave Wolves upon the expiry of his contract later this month, it was perhaps expected that Ait-Nouri would become the undisputed first-choice left-back in Lage’s side next season, but it now seems as if they have a fight on their hands to keep him at Molineux.
After his goal against Norwich last season, Lage remarked that Ait-Nouri was having a “fantastic” season, and the Portuguese boss will surely be keen for the youngster to continue his development at Wolves.
If he were to depart along with Marcal, it would leave Wolves very short of options at left wing-back, which will surely leave Wolves supporters concerned ahead of next season, especially after their drop in form towards the end of the last campaign.
Other than Fabio Silva and Pedro Neto, Wolves possess very few youngsters that have established themselves as regulars in the Premier League, so Wolves fans would surely be gutted to see another promising young talent depart before really achieving anything at the club.
If Chelsea do make an official approach, Wolves should stand firm and demand a big fee for him, as he looks to have a huge amount of potential.