Chelsea in three-horse race to sign £10m-rated defender

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Saint-Etienne's highly-rated defender Kurt Zouma would be interested in a move to Chelsea, who are one of three clubs in contention to sign the player, according to his agent.

The 19-year-old has been linked to a host of clubs in recent months, but Chelsea are now one of the favourites to sign him after it was revealed that only three clubs are left in the running to secure his services.

"Serie A is an interesting destination, as are Inter, for the tactical growth of the lad,” Zouma's agent David Venditelli told French paper L’Equipe.

“Of course he wouldn’t mind moving to the Premier League, hopefully to Chelsea, where he could work with Jose Mourinho or to Monaco in Ligue 1.

“There were other sides interested, such as Newcastle, but now it’s a three-horse race.”

Zouma, who is currently serving a 10-match ban for a reckless tackle on Sochaux's Thomas Guerbert, has been touted as a potential long-term successor to Blues' legend John Terry.

Although Terry has played an integral role for the west London outfit this season, Jose Mourinho will be acutely aware that the club's captain is fast approaching the winter of his career.

France Under-21 international Zouma, who is reportedly worth around £10m, could be the ideal long-term replacement.

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