Kurt Zouma was said to be interested in being part of the Jules Koundé deal, moving the other way to sunny Seville as part of a big-money deal (€70-80m), but it would appear that he’s even more interested in staying closer to home in the Premier League.
Fortunately for him (and us?), there’s interest from at least three London sides, with Tottenham Hotspur and Crystal Palace apparently joining West Ham, who may be testing the waters at around £20m. There was reported interest from the likes of Everton, Wolverhampton, and AS Roma as well previously, so there certainly should be no shortage of options for the 26-year-old were he to leave, which looks likely — and should thus enable us to get something more in return than just West Ham’s lowball. As per the Daily Mail and the Telegraph, our asking price is at least £25m (€30m).
Plusieurs clubs anglais discutent avec Chelsea pour Kurt Zouma : Tottenham, Crystal Palace et désormais West Ham. Les Hammers sont prêts à faire une grosse offre au défenseur français.— Julien Maynard (@JulienMaynard) July 31, 2021
Séville reste une option mais difficilement concrétisable. #Mercato https://t.co/CuLypS9GkZ
Meanwhile, with or without Zouma, Chelsea continue to push for Jules Koundé, who waits patiently (or not so patiently) in Sevilla. Diario de Sevilla (via Sport Witness) claim that Koundé’s “getting nervous” thanks to the uncertainty caused by Zouma’s situation, but at the end of the day, it really shouldn’t matter if Zouma himself is included in the deal or simply the fees received for him are — swap deals after all are rare, and very complicated, at best.
In any case, Chelsea look determined to get this deal done, as the Athletic report, and will do so regardless of how directly or indirectly Zouma may be involved in it. And hopefully Happy finds a solution that he’s happy with at the same as well!
#CFC are determined to sign Kounde from Sevilla— The Athletic UK (@TheAthleticUK) July 30, 2021
Player has £68m release clause but Chelsea would rather cash plus Zouma or another player
'They will try to get this done regardless'
They have been tracking him for two years@SJohnsonSport ️https://t.co/Qr2C0zvK2q
Chelsea are working to find a solution with Sevilla as soon as possible to sign Jules Koundé. He’s the priority after personal terms agreed, and Chelsea want him to join. #CFC— Fabrizio Romano (@FabrizioRomano) July 31, 2021
Kurt Zouma still discussed in the deal, but Chelsea want go through also if Zouma won’t be included.