Man Utd open Chelsea talks for Zouma

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Everton are expected to finalise and confirm the loan signing of defender Kurt Zouma from Chelsea today - one day after the Premier League transfer window closed.

Zouma subsequently missed almost one season of football before he made his return to the pitch. And, Manchester United and Everton are interested.

Zouma spent last season on loan at Stoke City last term however, he was unable to save them from escaping relegation. Manchester United need a defensive upgrade on the likes of Chris Smalling and Phil Jones and Zouma is certainly that.

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Bernard has signed a deal until 2022 at Goodison Park, and revealed the key role played by Toffees boss Marco Silva, telling evertontv: "I chose Everton because of all the things I had heard about Marco Silva and, after speaking to him, I was happy with what he said to me". A number of defenders have been linked with the Premier League heavyweights as Jose Mourinho aims to solidify his backline for the upcoming season. But, before suffering that terrible cruciate ligament injury in the spring of 2016, Zouma was seen as one of the best young defenders around.

Mourinho was the Chelsea manager when Zouma arrived in 2014, and he seemingly has a lot of belief in the Frenchman, although it's hard to see how he will boost his options in the short-term.

The respected French publication says Everton want Zouma on loan while United are looking at a permanent transfer but Chelsea are reluctant to do business with the Red Devils as they don't want to strengthen a rival.