Manchester City could potentially turn to Wolves star Rayan Ait-Nouri as an alternative to Marc Cucurella.
According to Goal, the Premier League champions are set to walk away from a deal to sign the Brighton man.
The Seagulls are apparently refusing to move away from their £50 million valuation of the player.
And City reportedly don’t want to go near it.
Chelsea are now trying to sign Cucurella.
The Blues are now in advanced talks with the south coast club according to Sky Sports.
Goal say that City have been scouting Wolves star Ait-Nouri as a potential alternative option to Cucurella.
It is not the first time Pep Guardiola’s side have been linked with the talented French youngster.
It was claimed in early June that he was on their radar.
With Chelsea closing in on Cucurella, it will be interesting to see if Etihad officials launch a genuine pursuit of Ait-Nouri, who is seen as one of Wolves’ best prospects.
Last term he put in a string of outstanding performances, showcasing some much improved defending.
In pre-season he has been in superb form and potentially he could be in for a fantastic campaign in 2022/23.
Worrying news for Wolves with Manchester City having scouted Ait-Nouri
News of Chelsea’s approach for Cucurella is not good.
It sounds as though the Spaniard is now more likely to wind up at Stamford Bridge. And that could see City make a beeline for Ait-Nouri.
They’ve obviously already sold Oleksandr Zinchenko and the season starts this weekend. So time is of the essence for them.
It could be that they make a big bid for Ait-Nouri.
Hopefully Wolves will stand firm though in the event of any offer.
Wolves’ squad is very thin right now, and cashing in on Ait-Nouri – who has an extremely high ceiling – would infuriate many Wanderers fans.