Player ‘very close to moving’ to Chelsea as club agree star personal terms and hold medical ahead of €30m move

Player ‘very close to moving’ to Chelsea, about to ‘goodbye’ to club – Claim deal will go through for €50m.

On Wednesday, journalist Gianluigi Longari reported the talks are ‘ongoing through an agent’ and ‘not club to club’.

Gianluca Di Marzio now provides a fresh update, stating the defender is ‘very close to moving’ to Stamford Bridge.

It’s said the 22-year-old is ‘about to say goodbye’ to the La Liga side to try a new adventure in the Premier League, where the west London club are ‘very close to closing’ the transfer.

The operation to take the France international to the Champions League winners should go through for a fee of €50m with additional bonuses, that will be triggered if certain conditions are met.

Surprisingly, the figure quoted here is lower than what Sevilla had initially demanded for the centre-back as Diario de Sevilla reported yesterday that Julen Lopetegui’s side were asking at least €70m to let the player leave.

If one were to go with Gianluca Di Marzio’s claims, it looks like Sevilla have lowered their demands for Koundé.

Kurt Zouma has agreed personal terms with West Ham United ahead of a €30 million (£25.8 million) transfer from Chelsea, with a medical now taking place in Paris.

The 26-year-old centre-back has been the subject of prolonged interest from West Ham. Zouma has agreed a five-year contract with the east London club, who have started their season with two wins and sit top of the Premier League.

It was understood the proposed deal was in danger of not being completed at one stage as there was a sticking point over personal terms. However, that issue has now been resolved.

The Athletic reported on Monday that the France defender was seeking a significant salary increase from what he is earning at Stamford Bridge to about £125,000 per week, which would make him comfortably the highest-paid player in David Moyes’s squad.

Zouma made 36 appearances last season, helping Chelsea win the Champions League title and finish fourth in the Premier League.

He joined in 2014 and enjoyed successful loan spells with Stoke in 2017-18 and Everton in 2018-19 after recovering from a serious knee injury.