His time in Stamford Bridge could be over.
Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel has prioritised signing a centre-back this summer, with Jules Kounde Chelsea’s top target, and has decided Kurt Zouma should be moved on.
Tuchel identified centre-back as a problem position for the club after arriving at Stamford Bridge and the club drew up a shortlist of players to sign.
That included Ibrahima Konate – who has joined Liverpool, Niklas Sule and Jose Gimenez but Kounde is the man they are pushing to sign.
The France international, 22, is viewed as a player with great potential and would join Thiago Silva, Antonio Rudiger, Andreas Christensen, Cesar Azpilicueta, Reece James and Zouma as Chelsea stars who can play in a back-three.
As per The Athletic, Zouma’s future is far from certain. While he has proven himself in the air at both ends of the pitch, there are concerns over his ability to play out from the back.
Tuchel has increasingly left Zouma out of the starting XI since his arrival and the club are now ushering him out the door.
West Ham are considering a £20m offer for the centre-half but the Blues think he is worth considerably more than that.
With two years left on his contract and heading into his prime, Chelsea chiefs think now is the perfect time to sell him, particularly with him not being an essential part of Tuchel’s plans.
Zouma may even be involved in a deal for Kounde. Chelsea have looked at the possibility of offering Sevilla £30m plus Zouma. However, they want at least £40m in cash.
Sevilla are more interested in Christensen, but Chelsea think he the Denmark international has a future at Stamford Bridge.
Rudiger is expected to earn a new deal – he wants to become one of the club’s highest-paid players – while Azpilicueta is viewed an important figure in the dressing room.
But Zouma looks set to be moved on.