Chelseaa defender Kurt Zouma’s proposed move to West Ham United was in danger of falling through last night due to some late disagreements over the terms of the deal, but it appears to be back on track and even close to completion. According to the Guardian, the Athletic, Sky Sports, TF1 and the Evening Standard, Zouma is set to undergo his medicals today as he closes in on his proposed £25m move.
West Ham have reached total agreements with Chelsea and Kurt Zouma for permanent transfer of 26y France int’l centre-back. Transfer fee is €30m, contract 5 years. Medical taking place in Paris & ongoing. With @liam_twomey for @TheAthleticUK #WHUFC #CFC https://t.co/t60V2PYr6J— David Ornstein (@David_Ornstein) August 26, 2021
Kurt Zouma to West Ham, done deal and here-we-go! Paperworks now completed between Chelsea and West Ham, deal at signing stage - final agents details to be sorted and then official. Fee: €30m. #WHUFC— Fabrizio Romano (@FabrizioRomano) August 26, 2021
Chelsea are now ready to jump into Koundé deal final stages. #CFC
The Hammers were initially unwilling to meet the 26-year-old’s £125,000 per week wage demands, but now all sides expect the move to go through with Zouma said to be excited at the prospect of joining West Ham on a 5-year contract. However West Ham will have to wait for a while to get their potential new signing on the pitch since the centre-back is currently in Paris for personal reasons, and he would have to quarantine for 10 days upon his return — even if he is double-jabbed.
Zouma’s departure would also accelerate negotiations for his international compatriot, Sevilla’s Jules Koundé. While there have been reports of an agreement being reached at €50m plus bonuses, Spanish sources such as ABC Deportes, Marca and AS claim it would take a higher bid than that to entice Sevilla, especially since they rejected Manchester City’s €55m offer last summer.
The Andalusian club would seemingly accept an offer worth €70-75m including bonuses, with 15% of the final fee to go to Koundé’s former club, Ligue 1’s Girondins de Bordeaux. Sevilla are also ready to offer a lower price, as long as they get a player in return as a counterpart. Meanwhile, Goal reports that we’re confident of reaching an agreement for €60-€65m.
Chelsea have their final bid ready to be submitted for Jules Koundé - still waiting for green light on Zouma to complete Koundé deal. Work in progress on both Saúl & Koundé but not done/signing stages yet. #CFC— Fabrizio Romano (@FabrizioRomano) August 26, 2021
Koundé personal terms, agreed since July - nothing new. Patience.