Tottenham Hotspur are interested in signing Kurt Zouma from Chelsea this summer, per L’Equipe via Sport Witness, with the defender open to an exit from the club.
The 25-year-old is said to be willing to find a new club this summer despite a season in which he has established himself as an important member of Frank Lampard’s squad.
He has made 33 appearances in all competitions, but he is said to be exploring the possibility of leaving.
Spurs and Everton are both touted as potential destinations, given that Zouma has worked with Jose Mourinho before; they are said to have stayed in touch since the Portuguese’s departure from Stamford Bridge.
The report claims that Mourinho would welcome chairman Daniel Levy bringing the defender into the club.
He is under contract at Chelsea until 2023 and, of course, it remains to be seen if the Blues would be willing to do business with their London rivals.
GIVEMESPORT’S Harry Sherlock says…
This would be a very good deal for Spurs.
They are likely to need a centre-back this summer, as Jan Vertonghen’s contract is expiring and he could leave on a free transfer, and Zouma and Mourinho clearly have an interesting relationship.
Indeed, the France international has previously recalled a time in which Mourinho called him “rubbish” after a particularly poor performance, per RMC Sport via Goal.
He said: “The following day, he [Mourinho] catches up with me, he takes me to his office, and he asks me if I am ok. I said yes, he asked me if I was sure.
“I said yes again, he replied ‘Because you were rubbish this weekend.’ Like that, direct. It shocked me, but it made me want to immediately respond on the pitch.”
Now, as the summer transfer window looms, one has to say that Zouma has certainly grown and improved during his time at Chelsea.
He has certainly responded and it appears that he is still in conversation with his old boss; this could be an emotional reunion.
It just remains to be seen if Spurs will be able to negotiate a deal.
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