Wolves transfer news: Wanderers interested in Ethan Ampadu
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Wolves transfer news: Wanderers interested in Ethan Ampadu

Wolves are reportedly interested in Chelsea defender Ethan Ampadu.

According to Italian outlet La Nazione, Wanderers are one of several clubs keen to land the Wales international.

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Empoli, Spezia and Cremonese are all interested, hence La Nazione running the story.

A loan move is being touted, but Chelsea don’t want any options or obligations to buy.

It is stated that Ampadu would like more clarity from the Blues about his immediate future. The player would prefer to make a permanent exit from Stamford Bridge.

Ampadu signed for Chelsea as a 16-year-old back back in 2017 from Exeter City.

He’s had a few loan spells since making that move, meaning he has only 12 first-team appearances so far.

With Chelsea signing Kalidou Koulibaly and retaining Cesar Azpilicueta, it’s likely he wouldn’t get too many opportunities if he stuck around.

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Interestingly, Chelsea haven’t actually assigned Ampadu a squad number for the season, which does indicate that he will be departing on some basis.

Wolves, of course, are a centre-half down after loaning out Conor Coady to Everton.

The Molineux captain sealed a move to Goodison Park on Monday evening, with the Toffees holding an option to buy next year.

Currently, Bruno Lage has Maximilian Kilman, Nathan Collins, Willy Boly, Yerson Mosquera and Toti Gomes as options to play in the centre of defence.

Ethan Ampadu to Wolves on loan would be a surprise

Ampadu joining Wolves would be surprising because Wolves like to hold options to buy players when they come in on loan.

We have seen such clauses for the likes of Rayan Ait-Nouri, Hwang Hee-chan, Willian Jose and Francisco Trincao previously.

It doesn’t seem as though Chelsea are particularly keen to negotiate such a clause.

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And one wonders if the Blues would be keen for him to go to Molineux if it was a straight loan move.

Ultimately they would want him getting regular minutes.

Kilman and Collins are the first-choice pairing now at Wolves, and then there is Mosquera, Toti and Boly in reserve.

Potentially he would not see a great amount of game time.