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Chelsea transfer news LIVE: Blues ‘CONFIDENT’ over Sterling deal, Dembele EXCLUSIVE, Wolves price Ait-Nouri

Hello, Chelsea fans

The Blues face costly back pain.

But those high transfer fee demands for defensive targets could be toned down with encouraging news about Ousmane Dembele leading the way.

Chelsea and Manchester City clash over two Premier League left-backs

Wolves want a jaw-dropping £45million for Rayan Ait-Nouri.

The France Under-21 star looks certain to leave Molineux this summer.

But Wolves are demanding a sum large enough to overhaul their entire squad.

And while there are no clear favorites for the 21-year-old, City are believed to be ahead of Chelsea in the pursuit of Brighton’s Marc Cucurella.

The Prem champions would open talks with the Seagulls within days over signing the one-cap Spaniard.

Meanwhile, Napoli manager Luciano Spalletti has reportedly threatened to quit if centre-back Kalidou Koulibaly leaves this summer.

Chelsea and Manchester United are the two clubs most linked to the 30-year-old Senegal kingpin.

Koulibaly, 30, is one of the most sought-after defenders in world football.

Meanwhile, Barcelona winger Dembele is reportedly ready to move to Stamford Bridge – IF Thomas Tuchel assures him he’ll get more playing time.

The French ace played just nine 90 minutes last season but still provided 13 assists.

Finally, wing-back Cesar Azpilicueta is under pressure to submit a transfer request – or risk his dream move to Barca.