In the midst of the Jules Kounde transfer rumours, Chelsea manager Thomas Tuchel addresses Kurt Zouma’s future.
Thomas Tuchel has provided an update on Kurt Zouma, who has been linked with a move away from the club.
Thomas Tuchel has provided an update on Kurt Zouma, who is expected to be used in a swap deal to bring Sevilla defender Jules Kounde to Stamford Bridge. Chelsea reportedly made an unsuccessful approach for Kounde in the amount of £30 million plus Zouma.
The Blues are desperate to get the 22-year-old centre-back and had believed that their offer would be enough to sway Sevilla’s decision.
Zouma, on the other hand, is not keen on going in the opposite direction.
West Ham are reportedly interested in signing the Chelsea defender, which Zouma would like because it would keep him in the Premier League.
The 26-year-old started Chelsea’s 2-1 pre-season win over Arsenal on Sunday, but was replaced at halftime as part of Tuchel’s slew of changes at Emirates Stadium.
“Kurt was a half-year member of the team,” Tuchel stated. “I know exactly what I can ask of him and what he can provide for the squad.
“He was a part of a fantastic half-season. He was a very active member of it, perhaps not in terms of minutes, but I want to remember him as a key player of the side that beat Atletico 2-0, for example.
“When he was needed, he delivered, despite having to make some difficult decisions.
“I know what he’s capable of. It was his first 45 minutes of the season, and we’re off and running from here.”
According to football.london, West Ham would be willing to pay up to £20 million for Zouma, but Chelsea are demanding £28 million.
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Saint-Etienne cost Chelsea £13 million in 2014, but he has never been able to establish himself as a central defender.
Frank Lampard, on the other hand, gave him consistent playing time.
The 26-year-old has already had loan spells with Stoke City and Everton, and if he moves to London Stadium, he will undoubtedly play a key role for West Ham.
Alex Crook, a transfer journalist with TalkSPORT, believes the signing will be beneficial. “Brinkwire News in Condensed Form.”