Serie A giants Inter Milan are keen to continue their winter spending with a shock move for Chelsea youngster Kurt Zouma, according to reports in Italy.
The youngster, who only signed on at Stamford Bridge a year ago, has struggled to make an impact under Jose Mourinho and has spent the majority of his time in English football languishing on the substitute’s bench or amongst the reserves.
However, an undeterred Roberto Mancini appears set to rescue him from his difficult spell in the capital and bring him to the San Siro on loan until the end of the season.
The Blues have been magnificent this season, having lost just twice in all competitions, and currently possess a two-point lead over champions Manchester City at the Premier League summit. Yet the impact of Zouma himself has been marginal. He was signed with high hopes but the form of his teammates have limited him to just 11 appearances so far.
John Terry remains the beating heart of Chelsea, over a decade on from first lifting silverware under the youthful guidance of Mourinho. Despite struggling during the lacklustre victory over Newcastle United at the weekend, his form remains startlingly consistent for a player written off by Rafael Benitez as little as 18 months ago.
Gary Cahill brings composure and solidarity to the side, despite being the centre of a diving storm following a win over Hull City last month. His similarity to Terry is also eye-catching, and his regular time in the side can only benefit Roy Hodgson and the England national team.
Rumours continue to circle of a possible arrival in the form of Real Madrid and France youngster Raphael Varane. Louis van Gaal is keen to bring him to Manchester United, but Stamford Bridge would be the likeliest destination.
Inter have already been heavily active in the transfer market this month, with Mancini keen to undo the difficult start to the season made by his predecessor, Walter Mazzarri.
Lukas Podolski was the first to arrive, ending his own troubled time in London with Arsenal to move to the San Siro on loan until the end of the season. His directness and experience could be key to determining where the Nerazzurri finish come the end of the season in May.
And then came a significant coup in Xherdan Shaqiri. Forced out of Bayern Munich by Pep Guardiola, he snubbed Premier League interest to pursue a new challenge in Serie A, where he will hope to repay the faith shown in him by Mancini.
Zouma would be another shrewd acquisition, and could use the experience to forge a better future for himself at Chelsea.