Director of Football Marcel Brands has been dealt a double setback in the summer transfer market, as the Evening Standard understand Chelsea will not consider selling Kurt Zouma, while Tammy Abraham has rejected our advances.
The Chelsea-owned duo, along with Ola Aina, are the only players Blues boss Maurizio Sarri is thought to be considering for his plans ahead of next season, despite the Stamford Bridge outfit offloading 41 players on temporary deals at some stage of the 2018/19 campaign.
Brands, and boss Marco Silva, had hoped to convince the South West London side to sell Zouma to us on the back of an impressive season at Goodison Park, but a deal now seems impossible with Sarri set to offer the 24-year-old a role.
Reports that Kurt Zouma is to hand in a transfer request in order to force a move from Chelsea to Everton has been quashed by Sky Sports News. Speculation on some of the newspaper sites like The Mirror and Mail Sport had it that the Frenchman was going to increase the pressure on the London club to sell him in the face of intensifying efforts from the Blues to acquire him on a permanent basis.
Sky Sports News say they "understand" that the reports are "wide of the mark".