Everton manager Carlo Ancelotti is reportedly considering bringing Chelsea defender Kurt Zouma back to Goodison Park.
The Italian is keen to add another centre-back to his squad for next season. Indeed, Ancelotti wants to add competition to Yerry Mina, Mason Holgate and Michael Keane.
The Toffees have been linked with a number of names, with Gabriel Magalhaes one of their top targets.
Indeed, Everton loked like they had won the race for the Brazilian after he agreed terms. However, the coronavirus has delayed the deal considerably – allowing rivals Napoli to jump in.
The Blues centre-back, who has a deal until 2023, could be available this summer and was recently linked with PSG.
But Everton are now exploring a move for a player who spent last season on loan at Goodison.
The Merseysiders had been keen to turn that loan into a permanent deal, but that was blocked by Frank Lampard.
Zouma could be surplus to requirements
Zouma had been a regular under Lampard, managing 19 starts in the league. But he has made just two appearances since the New Year and has been on the bench since Project Restart.
That would appear to give a hint that he is not on Lampard’s long-term plans, sparking Everton’s interest.
However, the Toffees might have to battle a Premier League rival to get their man, with Tottenham chief Jose Mourinho also keen.
Spurs are on the lookout for a new centre-back. Both Jan Vertonghen and Juan Foyth have been tipped to leave this summer.
Meanwnhile, Ancelotti claims there will be time when the season ends to agree a new contract with former England left-back Leighton Baines. Read more…