Serie A giants Roma are looking to add Chelsea defender Kurt Zouma on their ranks before the transfer deadline, according to reports from Tutto Mercato Web.
Roma have lost one of their key defenders in the summer in Alessio Romagnoli, who joined Serie A rivals AC Milan. The deal was confirmed only yesterday. The Giallorossi therefore are in a hurry to add a quality replacement before the window closes.
As per TMW, Walter Sabatini, Roma’s Sporting director, wants Chelsea’s Kurt Zouma on loan to strengthen the Roma defence for the 2015-16 campaign. He has been in contact with Chelsea over the availability of the 20-year-old defender.
Roma have splashed money on signing Mohamed Salah and Edin Dzeko from Chelsea and Manchester City respectively and therefore they would only be interested in signing Zouma on loan.
Zouma made 26 appearances for the Blues in all competitions last season and the French international is expected to play more games this term. He is ideally seen as a back up to Terry and Cahill, while the French defender has been used as a defensive midfielder at times by Jose Mourinho.
Chelsea have been heavily linked with a move for Everton defender John Stones. The Premier League champions have had two bids rejected last month, and if the reports are to be believed Chelsea are planning to test Everton’s resolve with a massive £30m bid for the England international.
In all probability, Stones will remain with Everton for the rest of the season, which means, Chelsea cannot afford to weaken their defensive options by sending Zouma on loan at the moment.