Everton have reportedly reached an agreement with Chelsea to sign Kurt Zouma on a season-long loan deal for 2018/19 campaign.
The French defender has spent last campaign on loan at Stoke City that have been relegated from the Premier League and faced an uncertain future under new head-coach Maurizio Sarri, with Andreas Christensen, Cesar Azpilicueta, Antonio Rudiger, Gary Cahill and David Luiz all are ahead of him in the pecking order.
Reports emerged yesterday that the both Everton and Manchester United were interested in securing the services of 23-year-old, with the Reds thought to be keen on a permanent deal for French defender.
However, Chelsea are believed to prefer a loan, and L’Equipe now suggested that they have agreed on terms with Everton over a season-long deal for the Frenchman.
Personal terms are still yet to be agreed between the two parties, though, with the Merseyside Blues attempting to push through a deal before the 5pm deadline this afternoon.
Any move for 23-year-old defender could see Everton to strengthen their centre-back position with Barcelona defender Yerry Mina, who has also joined the Merseyside Blues last night alongside with another Barcelona star Andre Gomes.
Brazilian forward Bernard has revealed the key role Everton head-coach Marco Silva played in convincing him to move to the Merseyside club despite offers from Chelsea, Arsenal, AC Milan and West Ham United.
South American forward had been a free agent since departing from Shakhtar Donetsk at the end of last campaign and was inundated with offers, particularly from England.
The Blues had looked into adding the 25-year-old winger to their squad, and even offered him a deal while Arsenal have also tried to secure his services before the end of the summer transfer window, but ultimately Bernard was swayed by the chance of more regular first-team football under Marco Silva.
‘I chose Everton because of all the things I’d heard about Marco Silva and because Everton is a club with a lot of tradition,’ Bernard told the club’s official website.
‘They are historically among the four most successful clubs in England and when I found out about the club and what the manager wanted from me, I was happy.
‘That’s really why I made the choice – because of the confidence both the manager and the club showed in me.’
Asked specifically about his chat with Silva, he continued: ‘I did not need a lot of convincing. Everton is a great club with a great tradition and with all of these factors in place, it was my choice.
‘The manager made me feel confident I wanted to play here because of what he’s done in the past. He is a great coach, he has gone great things. And Everton is a club with a great structure.
‘Marco’s words helped me a lot because having a coach who believes in his ideas is important. But I was also convinced Everton could improve me and that I would be able to show my best as a player here.’
New Real Madrid stopper Thibaut Courtois has urged ex-Chelsea teammate Eden Hazard to join him this summer.
Courtois officially made his £35.5m switch to Real Madrid earlier today, bringing an end to a long-running saga which turned sour when the Belgian stopper refused to turn up to the Blues training ground.
Courtois’s former teammate Hazard has also been repeatedly rumoured with a move to Santiago Bernabeu this summer, and the 26-year-old revealed that he would like to see Belgian star to make the same switch from Chelsea.
“I want to thank [the Chelsea fans] for the last four years I have been there. I had to take the chance (to come back) because my two kids are here. I want to live close to them and see them grow up,” Courtois told reporters.
“I know the supporters are maybe not too happy at the moment, but I wish them all the best and I hope they remember me well.
“Eden congratulated me. He knows it is a dream for me to be here. I would like to be always by his side. He is a great player and if he could come here, it would be fantastic.”
The Blues are unwilling to sell their star player this summer, although the Spanish giants have until the end of the month to make a move despite the transfer window has been closed in the Premier League.