As we approach the end of the 2019 summer transfer window — Remember transfer windows? They used to be a thing before transfer bans were a thing! — we’re slowly winding our way to the logical conclusion of Chelsea’s center back conundrum: Kurt Zouma is staying, in essence replacing the departed Gary Cahill, and Fikayo Tomori has to make do with a loan (if he’s willing) despite his success under Lampard at Derby County.
The interesting wrinkle in this is that Tomori has been most strongly linked with Everton, who were hoping to take/keep Zouma in the first place! Alas, we can’t just replace Zouma, 24, with Tomori, 21, at least not without agreeing with the Toffees.
But if recent reports are to be believed, that possibility is at least being explored, with today’s report from the Times (via 101 Great Goals) that Chelsea have offered the younger of the two center backs on loan to Everton following on from last week’s reports that Everton might actually be open to and already exploring the idea.
Everton need a center back. Chelsea have one too many. Sounds like a win-win! (As long as it’s Zouma staying and Tomori going. It’s probably less of a win for us the other way around.)