Everton suffer bitter blow as Kurt Zouma reportedly will not be sold

Johann Gudmundsson of Burnley battles for possession with Kurt Zouma of Everton during the Premier League match between Everton FC and Burnley FC at Goodison Park on May 03, 2019 in...

The Chelsea defender enjoyed a season-long loan spell with Everton this season.

Everton's Kurt Zouma

According to a report from the Telegraph, Everton have been dealt a blow with the news that Chelsea plan to keep Kurt Zouma this summer, in light of their transfer ban being upheld.

The Frenchman, 24, joined the Toffees on a season-long loan from the west London club last summer, and was a real hit at Goodison Park, making 36 appearances in all competitions for Marco Silva's side.

 

It seems as though Everton will now have to look for another top quality centre-back, however, with the Telegraph reporting that Chelsea will not allow Zouma to leave Stamford Bridge permanently this summer.

And that will be a bitter pill to swallow for the Merseyside outfit.

Zouma was such an important player for Everton this season, and bringing in a player of similar quality will cost them a small fortune.

(EXCLUSIVE COVERAGE) Kurt Zouma during the Everton training session at USM Finch Farm on August 16, 2018 in Halewood, England.

With Phil Jagielka leaving the club this summer, Everton will be left short in central defence, and that must now be a priority issue to address for Silva.

The Sun claimed earlier this year that Chelsea valued the Frenchman at around £30 million, and in today's day and age, that would have been a real bargain for the Toffees.

Jordan Pickford and Kurt Zouma both of Everton get tangled up as Heung-Min Son of Tottenham Hotspur rounds them to score his sides first goal during the Premier League match between...

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