St. Etienne boss Christophe Galtier revealed today that he would not be happy to allow Chelsea and Manchester United target Kurt Zouma leave the club, but that a high offer would be difficult to refuse.
According to French newspaper Le 10 Sport Galtier told in a press conference that a January exit was unlikely for the highly-rated French starlet, but not completely off the cards.
“Zouma? Besides an incredible offer, which will be discussed, otherwise no,” he said.
Zouma has been heavily linked with a number of sides in recent weeks, with Chelsea being mentioned frequently in connection. Only this morning was it reported that Zouma himself revealed he had been contacted by Blues boss Jose Mourinho and that he would be happy to move to Stamford Bridge.
However his manager has warned any would-be suitors that it will take a incredible offer to convince him to sell the 19-year-old.
“The amount of the offer? It's not up to me to evaluate, but 30 million and we will rent a car for him to go!
“More seriously... the club did not need to sell, and even if that were the case, the club used to sell well. We adopt any flexible position. We are still 4th and have ambitious players who know that the season is not over. So we will keep our good players. Besides, I do not see why we would let him go after the humiliation in Cannes."
It’s highly unlikely that either Chelsea or United will pay anywhere close to €30million for a starlet who is unproven outside of France, but Galtier’s quotes could prompt them to test his resolve.