When Everton signed Kurt Zouma on loan last summer there was some serious doubt about the acquisition. The injury-prone Frenchman was coming off the back of a difficult season with Stoke City so there was understandable trepidation.
Everton had however just signed Yerry Mina so Zouma was only going to be a back-up to him and Michael Keane. However, a season down the line, and it would not be wrong to say Zouma has been the best of the three.
The Chelsea loanee has been sensational at times for Everton this season, particularly over the last few months of the campaign.
It is no wonder Everton want to sign him permanently. As reported by The Sun, Everton are ready to pay £30 million for the privilege.
However, they face a major problem. Chelsea are under a transfer embargo for next season, meaning new players cannot be recruited. Whilst plenty of youngsters at Chelsea will want a first-team chance, the club are losing Gary Cahill whilst Antonio Rudiger will miss the start of next season through injury. Chelsea, therefore, could use a ready-made Premier League centre-back.
— Kurt Zouma (@KurtZouma) May 13, 2019
Zouma has dealt up quite the rapport with Everton fans and thanked them once again on Twitter yesterday. It certainly received a response from Everton fans who don’t want to see him go.
Others, perhaps wise to the likelihood he will return to Chelsea, were simply ready to wish the big man well in his future endeavours.
Hopefully, Everton can figure out a way to keep the 24-year-old at Goodison Park…
We all want you to stay but if you do have to go back then so be it, that’s out of yours and our control. You will always have a home at Goodison. We’ve loved you, your commitment and your attitude to playing for Everton, you will always get a warm welcome on your return NSNO! 💙
— Lynne (@GullLynne) May 13, 2019
PLEASE STAY DONT END THE #lazoumance 💙💙💙💙
— Sean (@Sean_DTD) May 13, 2019
Please, please, please stay ☹️💙
— Layla (@layla_EFC) May 13, 2019
See you in the summer Kurt fella 🤙
— Michael (@greenallefc) May 13, 2019
— Love Everton (@LuvEvertonForum) May 13, 2019
— Steven (@anxiouspancreas) May 13, 2019
you have been brilliant for us hope the 2 clubs can sort a deal and you sign full time 👏⚽️🤞
— jay Goulbourne (@jayefc1983) May 13, 2019
Don’t leave 🙁😔 please join us you are a machine 💙💙 if you don’t come back thanks for the effort Kurt you have been great, you will become one of if not the best CB in this league. 💙💙 Please stay🙏🏼
— Stephen Leary (@MrEverton1878) May 13, 2019
If you go good luck and thanks you have had one hell of a season if you stay even better either way when you come back to goodison either as a Chelsea or Everton player no doubt you will get a great reception 👏👏👏👏👏
— Bluey1878 (@Bluey18781) May 13, 2019
I dare you to stay. An if you do I shall accept a challenge in return that will publicly humiliate me.
— PaddyDrohan (@PatrickDrohan) May 13, 2019
DON’T GO! pic.twitter.com/cgtBmwn0V2
— Nick Hughes (@yozz1980) May 13, 2019