18/08/2021; 8:30 PM By : Steven D. Thompson
The defender's departure will fund Chelsea's pursuit of Sevilla defender Jules Kounde.
Tottenham are in the market for another defender, with Chelsea's Kurt Zouma the figure of interest.
The sweet savour of victory warms the cockles of the heart and releases hormones that charge the spirit.
Buoyed by the opening day defeat of defending champion Manchester City, a new ray of hope and belief is coursing through the veins of the hierarchy at Tottenham Hotspurs. Perhaps this is the season where they get to do something special. Maybe this is the season they get to win the league.
A title-winning squad has depth and can go the distance. Perhaps that realization has dawned on Dani Levy, and after failing to back his former coach Jose Mourinho in the market, they are going gungho this time around.
Despite just recruiting Argentine defender Cristian Romero on loan from Atalanta, Nuno Espirito Santo is still in the market for another defender. The loan deal that brought Romero to London is for a year with an option to buy for £42.5m.
The coach fancies Kurt Zouma, who has also been of interest to several other clubs. The Portuguese gaffer wants to bring in defensive cover before the transfer window shuts.
As 31 August approaches, Sky Sports reports that Zouma is one of the defensive targets that Tottenham intends to bring in.
West Ham was previously reported to show some interest in signing the 26-year-old defender and might still hold interest if the player is still in the market.
Zouma has fallen down the ladder at Stamford Bridge since the arrival of Thomas Tuchel. With his fallen stocks, the player is not averse to moving but would prefer to remain in London.
Zouma's choice of London puts both Spurs and West Ham in good stead to get the defender.
Trevor Chalobah has risen above Zouma on the ladder, causing the player to see less playing time. The sale of Zouma would boost Chelsea's pursuit of Sevilla defender Jules Kounde.
Kounde has a £68m release clause at Sevilla, and to fund it, Chelsea are open to selling Zouma for a fee of around £25m. They are looking to recoup as much funds as possible after the recent signing of Lukaku in a £98m deal.
Much as Zouma would prefer to remain in London, Tottenham have a sticking issue to overcome in their pursuit of the defender. It was reported that Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich rejected to sell players to the club's geared competitors.
An example case is that of Carlton Cole, even after a successful medical with Spurs, saw a move cancelled by Abramovich.
Cole said he almost joined Spurs, but when Abramovich found out, he cancelled the deal.
Zouma would, however, be happy to see out his contract that runs out in 2023, if a deal cannot be struck.