Sampdoria president Massimo Ferrero has revealed his intentions to sign Chelsea defender Kurt Zouma in the summer transfer window.
The versatile centre-back made the move to the West London outfit in January 2014 from Saint-Etienne for £12m, committing his future to Stamford Bridge for five-and-a-half years. However, such has been his impressive performances under Jose Mourinho, that he has already caught the eye elsewhere.
Ferrero confirmed his interest, saying, “I already signed [Niklas] Moisander from Ajax and I am trying to get Zouma, because they are very physical players,” as quoted by talkSPORT.
The 20-year-old proved a key asset to Jose Mourinho during the Blues’ Premier League winning campaign. The questionable form of Gary Cahill at times in the season, caused the Portuguese manager to throw the youngster into first-team action – and he demonstrated his value to the senior side.
The Frenchman’s physicality – and thus versatility – has seen him settle into the intensity of England’s top flight with ease. Mourinho has not only been able to partner Zouma in central defence alongside John Terry, but has utilised his strength by in a holding midfield role. The youngster took up the defensive midfield position in the Capital One Cup final victory in March, with Nemanja Matic ruled out through suspension, and played the same role in the win over Manchester United the following month.
It’s this physical strength, the Sampdoria president states, that is the reason his club have placed Zouma at the top of their wish list.