Bye-bye Toby: Spurs now eyeing “top-level” UCL winner, Jose Mourinho wants him too – opinion

Bye-bye Toby: Spurs now eyeing “top-level” UCL winner, Jose Mourinho wants him too – opinion

Tottenham Hotspur are interested in a deal to bring Kurt Zouma to the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium this summer.

What’s the talk?

That’s according to a claim made by Telefoot journalist Julien Maynard, who revealed in a post on Twitter that the 26-year-old centre-back is “expected to leave” Chelsea in the summer transfer window.

Maynard continues by stating that, upon hearing this news, Wolverhampton Wanderers attempted to make a move for the France international, although the defender rejected the club’s advances.

The journalist then revealed that both Tottenham and Everton are also keen on a deal for the £28.8m-rated man this summer, while Jose Mourinho is thought to be keeping tabs on the situation of the Frenchman ahead of a potential bid to bring the player to AS Roma.

Nuno would love him

With Zouma highly impressing for Chelsea last season in their Champions League-winning campaign, it is somewhat surprising to learn that Thomas Tuchel is willing to let the centre-back leave Stamford Bridge this summer.

However, what is rather less surprising is the fact that Tottenham are keen on a move for the 26-year-old, with it being well documented that the north London side are on the hunt for additions to their backline ahead of next season, and, considering the form Zouma was in for the Blues last term, he would appear to be a fantastic signing for Nuno Espirito Santo.

Indeed, over his 24 Premier League appearances for Chelsea in 2020/21, the £46k-per-week defender helped his side keep nine clean sheets, as well as made an average of 1.2 interceptions, 0.7 tackles, 3.8 clearances and won 4.5 duels per game.

The former AS Saint-Etienne man was also in rather prolific form at the other end of the pitch, scoring a whopping five league goals – just one fewer than the trio of Mason Mount, Tammy Abraham and Timo Werner, and just two behind the club’s top league goalscorer Jorginho.

These returns saw the man Tuchel dubbed a “top-level” player earn a seasonal SofaScore match rating of 7.15, ranking him as the Blues’ fourth-best performer in the top flight of English football.

As such, with Tottenham conceding 45 Premier League goals last season, the worst record of any of the so-called big six clubs, defence is certainly an area in which Nuno will be looking to strengthen before next season kicks off.

And, considering how impressive Zouma proved at both ends of the pitch for Chelsea last season, the Frenchman would very much appear to be a signing that the new Tottenham boss would love to get over the line this summer.

With Toby Alderweireld set for a potential Spurs exit too, the Frenchman’s arrival would help offset that in north London.

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