Turkish press report ‘principle agreement’ in place for Kurt Zouma loan to Besiktas

Kurt Zouma

Chelsea have reportedly signed a deal in principle for Kurt Zouma to join Besiktas on loan.

Zouma joined Chelsea at the start of this year, but only linked up with his new teammates at the beginning of the 2014/15 season.

After spending the second half of last term on loan with Saint-Etienne, the 20-year-old central defender has since turned out a few times for the Blues, and he is held in high regard by head coach Jose Mourinho. Seen as a long-term successor for John Terry, the French Under-21 international has turned out in the League Cup and Champions League regularly, whilst making the odd appearance in the Premier League, although he is set to miss a number of weeks through an injury suffered in Tuesday night’s victory over Derby County.

Regardless of his performance levels, the young defender is unlikely to make much of an impact upon the Blues first-team this season due to the presence of Terry and Gary Cahill, who have claimed the central defensive positions as their own. As a result of this, it appears as if Mourinho is willing to let Zouma leave the club on loan, and Turkish media outlet AMK is reporting that a ‘principle agreement has been signed’ for the youngster to join Besiktas on loan.

Having reportedly forged a partnership between the two sides in recent weeks, the Turkish club are keen to utilise their link to strengthen their defence, and their club president is set to fly over to England in the coming days to finalise the deal so that Zouma can link up with the squad in the New Year.

The report indicates that Besiktas will play 1.5m Turkish Lira for his services until the end of the campaign, which equals roughly £400,000 for a half-season loan for the highly-rated youngster.

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