Chelsea are sticking hard on their £25 million valuation of Kurt Zouma, despite West Ham United’s interest. The 26-year-old was rumored to be a makeweight in Chelsea’s pursuit of highly-rated Sevilla centre-back Jules Kounde, but he passed down the chance to move to La Liga since he is content and settled in London.
The fact that Zouma turned down Sevilla not only put the transaction on hold, but it also coincided with interest from West Ham, whose manager David Moyes is looking to bolster his squad ahead of a first season in the Europa League.
The Hammers are pursuing a number of defensive targets, and 90min knows that a deal for Fiorentina’s Nikola Milenkovic is in the works. Wages and agency fees are still being discussed with the players’ representatives, and despite the slow pace, there is optimism that an agreement may be achieved.
Despite their pursuit of Milenkovic, West Ham continue to consider Zouma, but 90min has gathered that Chelsea will not move from their £25 million asking price. As things stand, the Hammers believe the valuation is too high, and a transaction is now off the table unless both parties are willing to compromise.