Arsene Wenger is set to battle with Jose Mourinho for the signature of Kurt Zouma, who is one of the most exciting young defenders in the world according to the Mirror.
Chelsea, according to reports, are however, in pole position to seal the signing of the 21 year old French Under-21 international who plays for Saint Etienne in Ligue 1. However, after receiving positive and strong recommendation from his scouts, the Gunners’ boss is set to rival Mourinho for the signature of the defender.
The Mirror reports that the Arsenal boss is having a meeting with Gilles Grimandi to finalise plans on his winter transfer lists, in which Zouma is included. Aside from Arsenal and Chelsea, reports also claim that Manuel Pellegrini is also interested in the 21 year old who is one of Europe’s most sought after defenders.
The 21 year old, who is banned for a leg breaking incidence involving another Ligue 1 player, will not be able to play until February when his 10 match ban would have lapsed. Zouma is a very strong and energetic defender with ability to hold his own against any defender in the world in spite of his young age.
Mourinho sees the 21 year old Zouma as a possible replacement for aging John Terry whose contract is expiring soon. The club is yet to offer the club captain a contract extension and it’s looking like he could be on his way out of the club at the end of the season.
The boss is also finalising plans to provide a cover for David Luiz, who is rumoured to be on the wanted lists of Barcelona of Spain. Though, Chelsea are not under any pressure to sell the Brazilian international to the Spanish giant; a deal is not unlikely as various rumours and reports have suggested.
David Luiz may find it difficult to turn down Tata Martino’s team should they come calling; but like I said; the club is not under any pressure to sell this winter. It could be a different story in the summer however, as the player could decide to leave after this year’s World Cup in his native country, Brazil.