Everton's hopes of signing Kurt Zouma look to be over

Everton's Kurt Zouma

Everton have been chasing Chelsea defender Kurt Zouma for much of the transfer window so far.

Everton's Kurt Zouma

Everton’s hopes of signing Kurt Zouma are surely over once and for all, with Arsenal set to sign David Luiz from Chelsea.

The Daily Mail report that Luiz is set to leave Chelsea today, which looks like bad news for Everton.

 

BBC Sport have reported how Everton have been looking to buy Zouma for £30 million for much of the summer so far, but Chelsea have been reluctant to sell the Frenchman.

Chelsea are operating under a transfer ban, so know that they cannot go out and buy a replacement for Zouma if they let him join Everton.

However, the Toffees still had some hope that Zouma, who spent last season on loan at Goodison Park, would return as they were offering a big fee.

Kurt Zouma during English Premier League match between Watford and Everton at Vicarage Road, Watford, England on 09 Feb 2019.

The writing seems to be on the wall for the transfer now though, as Chelsea simply cannot afford to let Zouma leave now Luiz has gone.

Chelsea would be left far too short at the back if two of their central defenders departed on deadline day.

And Everton are now almost certainly going to have to look elsewhere, as Marco Silva looks to bring in another centre-back.

Kurt Zouma of Everton during the Premier League match between Everton FC and AFC Bournemouth at Goodison Park on January 13, 2019 in Liverpool, United Kingdom.

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