Kurt Zouma deal 'agreed in principle'

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Reports in Turkey claim Besiktas have agreed a deal in principle to sign Chelsea defender Kurt Zouma on loan from January.

Amkspor report that the outline for a deal to bring Zouma to Turkey has been agreed between the Turkish giants and Chelsea in the January transfer window.

Besiktas will reportedly pay a fee to take the Frenchman on loan, with Chelsea keen to get him exposure to first-team football. Chelsea and Besiktas are on good relations following the transfer of Demba Ba earlier this year.

Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho insisted earlier this week that he's looking to keep his 'very good but thin' Chelsea squad together over the winter window, with few expected in or out.

But while the Blues manager may not be keen to sell in January, he could be open to letting fringe players leave on loan.

Zouma picked up a nasty head injury against Derby County in the Capital One Cup on Wednesday night, and had to be carried off.

Mourinho has since confirmed that the injury is not thought to be serious, and Zouma could return in a couple of weeks. But the former-St Etienne defender has not been a key player for table topping Chelsea so far.

The 20-year-old centre-back has been used as a back-up and cup option with John Terry and Gary Cahill first choice. Mourinho has been a keen user of loan deals, sending out his top youngsters to the Championship and abroad to boost their chances of regular football.


Chelsea's squad is among the strongest in the world, which means Zouma's chances are limited.

Having said that, they do not have too many options at centre-back. Should Terry or Cahill go down with a long-term injury, then Mourinho could move Branislav Ivanovic to centre-back, put Cesar Azpilicueta at right-back and Filipe Luis at left-back.

Apart from that, Zouma and young defender Andreas Christensen are the other options.

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