Kurt Zouma could end up at Tottenham Hotspur if Premier League rivals Chelsea complete the signing of Sevilla’s Jules Kounde, as reported by Calciomercato.
If you asked Spurs supporters who they would prefer – Kounde or Zouma – it is hard to imagine the Chelsea defender getting much of the vote.
While Kounde looks every inch like the prototype of a world-class, modern-day centre-half, the former Everton and Stoke City loanee continues to split the Stamford Bridge faithful right down the middle.
Zouma started last season rather impressively but fell out of favour under Thomas Tuchel following a couple of high-profile errors.
The France international was left out of the FA Cup final defeat to Leicester City in May, and also watched from the sidelines during crucial Champions League clashes with Real Madrid and Manchester City.
With that in mind, there are obvious doubts about whether Zouma would represent an upgrade on the likes of Toby Alderweireld or Davinson Sanchez at Spurs; those naïve mistakes still a regular part of his game even at the age of 26.
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But unfortunately, with Tottenham hitting the buffers in their pursuit of more high-profile, high-cost transfer targets, Fabio Paratici and co may be forced to settle for the £25 million-rated Zouma.
Calciomercato believe that Spurs’ long-standing interest in Cristiano Romero has ‘cooled’, with Atalanta’s £51 million asking price wrecking the deal.
Romero had agreed a four-year, £45,000-a-week contract earlier in July but it seems all that good work is going to waste.
With Kounde expected to join bitter rivals Chelsea instead before the summer is out, it is believed that the arrival of one France international at Stamford Bridge could see another make the short trip from SW6 to N17.
Kounde would push Zouma even further down the pecking order. He is already behind Antonio Rudiger, Thiago Silva and an ever-improving Andreas Christensen.
Furthermore, Calciomercato add that, should Zouma join Tottenham, that could pave the way for Sanchez to swap Spurs for Seville with Kounde set to spark a chain reaction which will ripple across Europe.