Everton boss Marco Silva has said that he remains hopeful over the permanent signing of Kurt Zouma from Chelsea this summer. The Toffees have already landed the signatures of Jonas Lossl and Andre Gomes in the transfer window and the latter joined them following a season-long loan move last season.
He told: “I am hopeful. I think I am hopeful like all of our fans are. But I have to tell you that we have different solutions because we cannot just have one solution. I have different solutions in my mind but I am hopeful and if we can give our fans this fantastic feeling it will be key. But if not, we have to go in a different way but it is part of the market, part of creating a squad. After that position we have three or four more to strengthen.”
Zouma had suggested on multiple occasions last season that he would prefer to return to Stamford Bridge and it appears that he could remain with the club next term, given they are under a year-long transfer ban. Aside from this, Zouma has the opportunity to stake the claim for a starting berth with Antonio Rudiger on the sidelines and that may further hamper the Toffees prospects of landing the central defender.
Everton were one of the most in-form teams during the backend of the previous campaign and they happened to get the better of Arsenal, Chelsea, and Manchester United during the final months of the season. As such, the players have shown that they can match up to the elite and it remains to be seen whether they can find the consistency to make the push for the top six.