Everton’s hopes of signing central defender Kurt Zouma have been made complicated due to the Blues transfer ban.
And Everton boss Marco Silva is talking cautiously over signing the 24-year-old defender permanently.
The France international defender Zouma has made a brilliant impression on a loan from Premier League giants with Merseyside club Everton expected to try and land the blues’ 24-year-old defender outright this summer.
The Merseysiders had asked about signing the France international defender in the summer window but the West London club were only willing to complete a loan move.
The defender’s parent club have been slammed with a transfer ban by World football ruling body FIFA, which stops the side from buying players until 2020 new year, after the club was charged with breaking transfer rules over the signing of foreign U-18 players.
The ban is set to make the Premier League club less inclined to offloading top players, such as the French centre-half, or hike up the valuation for a player with over 4 years remaining on his contract.
And it appears to have made Everton’s job of taking the defender from them on a permanent deal tougher with Marco Silva not speaking so confidently over signing the top rated defender.
The Merseyside club face former Premier League champions Chelsea this weekend at Goodison, and the defender will be ineligible to feature in the match to miss out on a facing his parent side.
The centre-half was recalled to the French national team set-up last year October, featuring in a 2-all draw against European nation Iceland and earning the spot kick which led to the equalizing goal.
He spent last term out on loan at English outfit Stoke and appears to be down the pecking order as regards centre-backs at Stamford Bridge.
But, with the contract of skipper Gary Cahill set to run out in the summer, a void may be created for him to prove himself at the club.