Italian side Fiorentina are considering a move for Chelsea defender Kurt Zouma in the January transfer window.
Serie 'A' rivals Roma were reportedly interested in a move for the Frenchman over the summer, but the Stamford Bridge club were not interested in parting company with the 20-year-old.
However that has not deterred Fiorentina who, according to Corriere dello Sport, will attempt a loan move for the former-Saint Etienne man once the window re-opens.
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Zouma joined up with the Chelsea squad last summer, after his £12 million move was confirmed in the previous window, but he had to settle for a bit-part role under Jose Mourinho.
The Lyon-born defender made 15 league appearances during Chelsea's march to the title, but did go on to make 26 appearances in all competitions.
His performance against Manchester United last season stood out as arguably his best in a Chelsea shirt. Zouma was deployed in defensive midfield, to help nullify the threat of Marouane Fellaini and did that to perfection as the Blues recorded a 1-0 win.
Zouma, who has been capped once by France, has been involved throughout the start of this campaign, making an appearance in every league game.
This is partly down to the performances of his team-mates, as the young defender came off the bench during games against Swansea City and Manchester City, after Thibaut Courtois' red card and John Terry's poor performance required tactical changes from Mourinho.
He was handed a starting spot for the win against West Bromwich Albion and retained his place for the home defeat to Crystal Palace, as Chelsea made a stuttering start to their title defence.
There is no doubt Zouma is one for the future, but with such uncertainty surrounding Chelsea's defence at the moment, the Frenchman would be better served staying at the Bridge and cementing his place in the starting line-up.