Kurt Zouma

Chelsea to delay decision on Kurt Zouma?

Chelsea are reportedly in no rush to make a decision on the future of defender Kurt Zouma, who Everton want to sign on a permanent deal. Chelsea reportedly have no plans to make an immediate decision on the future of defender Kurt Zouma. The France international has not made an appearance for the Blues since 2017, instead featuring regularly during loan spells at Stoke City and Everton. However, Chelsea’s two-window transfer ban means that the 24-year-old may be used as the club’s fourth centre-back alongside Antonio Rudiger, David Luiz and Andreas Christensen. According to the Daily Star, however, the West Londoners will wait until a new manager is appointed before making a call on whether to cash in on Zouma, who is wanted by Everton. Frank Lampard is expected to replace Maur...

Friday Papers: Joao Felix, Paul Pogba, Bruno Fernandes

What the papers say Manchester United could be left disappointed as striker target Joao Felix reportedly nears completing a deal with Atletico Madrid. According to the Evening Standard, the 19-year-old is close to finalising a 120million-euro (£106.7m) deal with the Spanish side, putting United – who were apparently unwilling to pay over £100million – out of the race. Sticking with United, and the Red Devils look set to cash in on star man Paul Pogba. The Star says Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is prepared to lose the midfielder to raise funds in the summer transfer window. The news could fuel Pogba’s reported desire to join Juventus for the 2019/20 campaign. Meanwhile, United may not be able to dwell over a move for Bruno Fernandes, with Tottenham said to have opened talks with the midfielde...

Everton open talks with Chelsea for defender Kurt Zouma?

A report claims that Kurt Zouma is at the centre of transfer talks between Chelsea and Everton, with the Toffees keen to add him to their squad on a permanent basis. Everton are in discussions with Chelsea about signing Kurt Zouma on a permanent deal, according to a report. The Toffees took the France international on loan for the 2018-19 campaign and are keen to add him to their squad on a full-time basis. Having already reached a £22m agreement with Barcelona to keep hold of Andre Gomes, The Telegraph claims that Everton are now looking to shake hands with Chelsea over a deal for Zouma. The Blues are currently banned from signing any new players for the next year, however, which could see them block the 24-year-old’s exit, particularly as Antonio Rudiger looks set to miss the start...

Report: Chelsea to block Kurt Zouma’s move to Everton

A report claims that Kurt Zouma will not be leaving Chelsea this summer in a blow to Everton’s transfer plans. Chelsea have put an end to Everton‘s attempt to sign centre-back Kurt Zouma, according to a report. The Toffees were apparently keen to recruit the 24-year-old following his successful spell on loan at Goodison Park last season. Zouma started 32 games for Everton in all competitions in 2018-19 and has seen his form rewarded with a couple of appearances for the French national side over the past fortnight. However, with Premier League rivals Chelsea operating under a transfer ban, the Daily Star claims that the Merseyside outfit have little chance of landing the Frenchman permanently. The Blues instead supposedly want the ex-Stoke City loanee to join Andreas Christensen...

Chelsea ‘to block Tammy Abraham, Kurt Zouma loan exits’

Tammy Abraham and Kurt Zouma will be made to stay at Chelsea next season and fight for their places should the Blues’ transfer ban be upheld, according to a report. Chelsea reportedly plan to keep Tammy Abraham and Kurt Zouma at Stamford Bridge should their transfer ban remain in place. The Blues are awaiting to see if they will be allowed to add to their squad in the summer, having taken their FIFA-imposed sanction to the Court of Arbitration for Sport. The Sun claims that Chelsea are preparing for the worst, which would prevent them bringing in new recruits across the next two transfer windows, and they intend to tell Abraham and Zouma that they must stay and fight for their places. Abraham has impressed in the second tier with Aston Villa this term by scoring 26 times, earning lin...

Preview: Tottenham Hotspur vs. Everton – prediction, team news, lineups

Sports Mole previews Sunday’s Premier League clash between Tottenham Hotspur and Everton, including team news and predicted lineups. Fresh from booking their spot in the Champions League final, Tottenham Hotspur will bring their 2018-19 Premier League campaign to a close at home to Everton on Sunday afternoon. Wednesday’s incredible 3-2 win over Ajax saw Spurs set up an all-English final with Liverpool, while Mauricio Pochettino‘s side have already all but secured a top-four finish in the Premier League table. Tottenham © Reuters Tottenham looked down and out when Ajax took a 2-0 lead during the second leg of Wednesday’s Champions League semi-final; it gave the Dutch outfit a 3-0 advantage on aggregate, and it did appear that Pochettino’s side would be leaving...

Everton to miss out on Kurt Zouma deal?

Everton face a battle to sign Chelsea defender Kurt Zouma on a permanent deal, according to a report. Everton are reportedly facing a battle to sign Chelsea defender Kurt Zouma on a permanent deal. Zouma has spent the 2018-19 campaign on loan at Everton, making 35 appearances during a strong season. The 24-year-old has a contract at Stamford Bridge until the summer of 2023, however, and as it stands, will return to his parent club in this summer’s transfer window. The Toffees are said to be keen to sign the centre-back on a permanent deal, but according to the Liverpool Echo, Chelsea are planning to start pre-season with Zouma in their ranks. The report has claimed that Everton will fight hard to land the Frenchman, but a deal could hinge on whether Chelsea manage to lift their FIFA-...

Premier League Team of the Week – Vincent Kompany, Eden Hazard, Marko Arnautovic

Sports Mole selects its Premier League team of the week for the penultimate gameweek of the season, including Vincent Kompany, Eden Hazard and four West Ham players. The 2018-19 Premier League title race will go down to the final day of the season after both Manchester City and Liverpool continued their flawless form in their penultimate games of the campaign. Both were given scares, but after Liverpool had scored late to beat Newcastle United 3-2 on Saturday night, Man City responded with a narrow 1-0 triumph over Leicester City on Monday to leave just one point in it with one game left. The destination of the trophy is the only major thing to be decided on the final day after the top-four race was all but wrapped up, with Chelsea now guaranteed Champions League football next season court...

Leicester City defender Harry Maguire on Arsenal’s radar?

Arsenal are reportedly considering a summer approach for Leicester City defender Harry Maguire. Leicester City defender Harry Maguire has reportedly emerged as a potential transfer target for Arsenal. Maguire was heavily linked with a switch to Manchester United last summer, but the Foxes held firm before agreeing terms with Maguire over a new contract. However, according to The Sun, Arsenal are considering making an approach for the England international ahead of the start of next campaign. Previous reports have suggested that Unai Emery will be limited to just £40m in the market this summer, but it has been claimed that the Spaniard is desperate to sign a proven centre-back. Arsenal have also been linked with Chelsea defender Kurt Zouma and Getafe’s Djene Dakonam, while Emery may a...

Thursday Papers: Juan Mata, Christian Eriksen, Paul Pogba

What the papers say Christian Eriksen‘s future is a hot topic in the papers amid reports Real Madrid have already reached a verbal agreement to sign the Tottenham midfielder. The Daily Mirror says Spurs chairman Daniel Levy is expected to demand a fee of up to 150million euros (£129million) for the 27-year-old. According to The Sun, however, the Spanish giants are willing to wait until 2020 to land the playmaker on a free transfer. Manchester United’s Paul Pogba will reportedly have to take a pay cut if he wants to join Real Madrid. The Daily Mail reports that the 26-year-old midfielder is considering a summer move to the Bernabeu, but would have to be prepared to earn less than his United wage of £290,000 a week. Manchester United’s Paul Pogba may have to take a pay cut ...

The players you should consider for your FPL run-in

As the Fantasy Premier League season comes to a close, jumping on an in-form striker for the run-in could make the difference in your FPL mini-league. Armchair managers everywhere will be crunching the numbers on recent form and the remaining fixtures – or simply riding wild hunches in a bid to get the better of friends and family. Our data can help you identify the men who matter at both ends of the field – with Everton in solid defensive form while a pair of strikers from outside the traditional elite are proving their worth. Hat-trick hero Perez vies with Wood (PA Graphic) Press Association Sport allocates each player a “Transfer Score” each week, with their FPL form rating accounting for half of the total while lower price, ownership and fixture difficulty will also boost t...

Marco Silva talks up Everton’s defensive options

Marco Silva takes comfort from a rotating cast of centre-halves helping Everton to three consecutive clean sheets. Michael Keane and Kurt Zouma have been Silva’s preferred pairing at the heart of Everton’s defence this season but a combination of factors have seen Yerry Mina and Phil Jagielka handed starting berths recently. It has mattered little, though, as Everton have seen off Chelsea, West Ham and Arsenal without conceding, leading Silva to conclude that all his defenders are clear on their roles when they step on to the field. However, the Everton manager also pointed out that it is not just the centre-backs who deserve credit for their three most recent opponents drawing a blank. Silva said: “It shows one good thing for me: all of them are prepared to help the team...

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