Lukaku handed Chelsea exit BLOW, 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 U21 star since it became apparent that the club would face a defensive exodus this summer.

And journalist Alan Nixon believes Chelsea have earmarked £25m rated 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 revealed.

Wanderers boss Bruno Lage wants to build up his thin squad and is in no mood to let the French wing-back leave with four years left on his deal.

Ait-Nouri cost £10m from French side Angers last summer.

But Wolves are not interested in cashing in on him to make a speedy £15million profit.

Elsewhere, Chelsea are reportedly eyeing a transfer swoop for Lazio keeper Thomas Strakosha.

Strakosha is available on a free transfer.

And the Blues are considering him as a viable option to replace No.1 goalie Kepa if he decides to leave Stamford Bridge, according to Fabrizio Romano.

Meanwhile, Andreas Christensen is keen on completing his transfer from Chelsea to Barcelona soon.

When asked when his switch to Barca will happen, he said: “Hopefully soon.

“I have known what I was going to do for a while. I’m just waiting for the right time. Unfortunately, it’s not entirely up to me. There are also other things that need to fall into place.

“It is one of the biggest clubs in Europe. I think it is for everyone – whether they have had their problems or not, it is still one of the biggest clubs for a player to get to.”

In other news, Jules Kounde’s dream move to Chelsea has been rocked by an injury storm.

The £70million-rated Sevilla defender underwent surgery on Tuesday on an old pelvic problem which flared up on international duty on Monday.

Kounde fears that although the op 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 carrying the knock 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.

That’s once his medical is completed, the report added.

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