Report: Chelsea 26-year-old ‘could’ be sold this summer

Kurt Zouma is surprisingly one of eight Chelsea men that “could” be sold this summer. 

According to the Daily Express, the 26-year-old is one of the Blues-owned players that may be exiting Stamford Bridge at the end of the season.

It is explained that they may not give the defender enough minutes to keep him happy, plus offloading him this summer before he enters the final two years of his contract would be a sensible financial decision. 

The report states that Thomas Tuchel’s side are plotting the signing of another centre-back, which is casting further doubt over French centre-half Zouma.

Additionally, Kepa Arrizabalaga, Emerson Palmieri, Davide Zappacosta, Victor Moses, Kenedy, Michy Batshuayi and Tiemoue Bakayoko are the other figures Chelsea may get rid of before next season. 

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Zouma has been an important player for Chelsea this season, scoring four goals in 28 games across all competitions. 

He’s a powerful centre-back that is dominant in the air and an all-action defender, which he’s shown countless times for the Blues during the past. 

But the appointment of Tuchel has seen him fall out of the starting XI.

He’s no longer a regular at Stamford Bridge, but did play in some important games before the international break, and showed his qualities. 

Tuchel will need to work out who he wants to keep around if he’s going to persist with the back three, and needs to have a long think about Zouma, who’s shown he can make the difference in the Premier League.

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Dom is a Chelsea supporter who has worked in online publishing for more than six years. Graduated from Staffordshire University in 2016, he now writes exclusively for The Chelsea Chronicle covering news, analysis and match coverage. He enjoys the dream position of writing about his boyhood club, which seems to be involved in more drama every single day than an episode of The Bill. Aside from his love for Chelsea, he supports and follows the England cricket team. He also fancies himself as the Sunday League version of Michael Essien.