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Everton set to land Chelsea defender Kurt Zouma before transfer deadline window

12 August 2018

The Colombian has been rumoured to be near a move to Goodison Park for at least a week now, but interest from Manchester United had derailed talks.

The 23-year-old becomes Marco Silva's fourth acquisition of the transfer deadline period (technically.), following deals for Shakhtar Donetsk's Bernard as well as Yerry Mina and Andre Gomes from Barcelona.

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"I do not trust that new players will arrive and I'm not confident in that so now I will only focus on the players I have", he said.

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Manchester United missed out on signing Yerry Mina from Barcelona, despite Jose Mourinho making personal contact with the Colombia global.

Manchester United have opened talks with Chelsea over a surprise swoop for Kurt Zouma as they look to try and sign a centre-back on deadline day, according to L'Equipe. However, the Serie A club, still smarting over the way La Blaugrana hijacked their move for Malcom, told Culvert they'll never sell to Barcelona. The Catalans have previous in this category, having activated a buy-back clause for Gerard Deulofeu for €12 million from Everton last summer.

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The report, however, claims that United are facing competition from another Premier League club, Everton, for the player's signature.

Everton set to land Chelsea defender Kurt Zouma before transfer deadline window