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Everton have made signing Kurt Zouma permanently their “top transfer priority” this summer, reports the BBC.
According to the report, the Toffees will now turn their attentions to Zouma after penning Andre Gomes to a five-year deal.
The French international of course spent last season on loan with the Toffees, impressing fans with his physicality and technical ability.
The report claims the 24 year-old is likely to cost the Toffees upwards of £30m, and that the player is happy to join if he does not receive assurances about his playing time at Chelsea.
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Do it. Do it now. Pull the trigger, sign him up! This is the biggest no brainer in the history of no brainers for Everton, and if Chelsea are foolish enough to sell a promising talent with Premier League experience then that’s their problem.
Zouma was superb in his debut campaign at Goodison, scoring twice and assisting twice, while winning 3.1 aerial duels per game and one tackle per game (Whoscored).
The Toffees have already lost Phil Jagielka this summer as the veteran will depart when his contract officially expires at the end of this week, so bringing Zouma back on a permanent basis makes perfect sense.
On top of that, £30m is a surprisingly reasonable fee for a 24 year-old who already has four major trophies to his name, over 100 Premier League appearances and experience at a huge club like Chelsea.
To give you an idea of just how highly-rated the centre-back was not too long ago, he made his first-team debut for Saint-Etienne aged just 16, and was named in 2014 as one of the top young talents in Europe alongside names like Paul Pogba and Raphael Varane.
If the Toffees truly want to make a dent in the top six under Marco Silva, then securing a player of this calibre, still with his best years ahead of him, is exactly the type of move they should be making.