Everton consider move for Zouma amid Mina & Rojo delay


The Toffees are planning to turn their attention to Chelsea defender Kurt Zouma as frustration grows in their attempts to land their top defensive targets.

Everton are preparing a move for Chelsea and France central defender Kurt Zouma in a season-long loan deal as moves for Barcelona’s Yerry Mina and Manchester United defender Marcos Rojo have stalled.

With less than 48 hours till the end of the summer transfer window, the Merseysiders are looking to add defensive reinforcement to a backline that has been depleted by the departures of Ramiro Funes Mori and Ashley Williams.

Earlier this summer, Ramiro Funes Miro moved to Spanish side Villareal for an undisclosed fee while Ashley Williams has joined Championship side Stoke City in a season-long loan deal.

Marco Silva’s side have been linked with a defensive addition all summer and Marcos Rojo looked certain to complete the move to Goodison Park until Yerry Mina announced himself at the World Cup.

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Mina has endured a torrid time at the Camp Nou with chances few and far between in Ernesto Valverde’s line-up. The Colombian however stole headlines at the World Cup prompting transfer talks to Lyon, Manchester United and Everton.

The Toffees opened discussions with Manchester United regarding a move for Rojo before the World Cup but fast forward the Merseysiders are reported to have agreed a €32m(£29m/$37m) deal with Barcelona to take Mina to Goodison Park.

The move has however stalled with the club and the player’s representatives far from an agreement owing to interest from elsewhere.

Mina is also courted by Manchester United and Olympique Lyon and the French club are looking to hijack Everton’s deal for the Colombian.

The transfer window for EPL sides closes tomorrow, August 9 leaving Everton with a slim time-window to complete a move for a top-quality central defender.

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The Liverpool-based side have being left frustrated with their failure to add defensive cover to their ranks and are willing to consider an approach for Chelsea centre-back Kurt Zouma.

The Frenchman has struggled to earn a place in the Blues backline since hurting his right knee against Manchester United in 2016 ruling him out of action for six months.

He spent the 2017-18 campaign on loan at relegated Stoke City featuring in 34 league appearances for the Potters as they failed to avoid the drop.

Zouma has returned to the Bridge for pre-season formalities but is not considered part of new boss Maurizio Sarri’s first-team plans for the 2018-2019 campaign.

Indeed, Zouma has trained away from the first team with the club’s group of loan players during pre-season and appears certain to be moved on before the transfer window closes.

Despite struggling to break into the first team at Chelsea since his injury setback, Zouma is still considered as a top talent in defence and was even included in France’s standby team for the FIFA World Cup in Russia.

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Everton are confident of getting a deal for Zouma over the line before the transfer window slams shut should they be unable to sign either Yerry Mina or Marcos Rojo.

At 23, the Frenchman still has a lot to offer in defence and will be a top addition for Marco Silva’s side.

In other areas of the pitch the Toffees look fortified and have even strengthened in left-back and wing position with the summer arrivals of Lucas Digne and Richarlison from Barcelona and Watford respectively.

Everton have also signed goalkeeper Joao Virginia from Arsenal and a deal has been reached to bring Brazil international Bernard to Goodison Park on a free transfer.