Manchester United could struggle to land Chelsea defender

Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho is keen to sign Chelsea defender Kurt Zouma this summer, reports The Sun.

What’s the story?

The Red Devils are believed to be keen to recruit a new defender ahead of the new season due to the constant injury woes hampering the current back line.

Mourinho bought Zouma from St Etienne in 2014 during his second spell as Chelsea manager.

A serious knee injury hampered the defender’s progress and due to Cesar Azpilicueta, Gary Cahill and David Luiz forming a solid back three under current boss Antonio Conte, Zouma has struggled to get back into the team.

The Frenchman has made just seven Premier League appearances, and only two of them were starts.

He has not featured in the top flight since playing 83 minutes in the Blues’ 2-0 defeat to Manchester United last month.

The Sun claims that Mourinho is targeting Zouma because he is a player that he can trust.

Could this move happen?

It is likely to be a difficult transfer for United to get over the line given that Chelsea will be one defender short come the summer.

John Terry will end his 22-year association with the West London club to move on to pastures new, meaning that Conte is unlikely to let another defender go if he cannot find an appropriate replacement.

From Zouma’s point of view, joining United might be appealing to him if he is offered regular first-team football.

Given that Phil Jones and Chris Smalling are regularly in and out of the team due to injuries, Zouma could be given a chance.

In addition, the 22-year-old is already familiar with Mourinho’s management, therefore he has a better chance of settling into life at Old Trafford quickly.

However, from United’s standpoint, it would be a risk not bringing in a more experienced defender.