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Benitez turns to Chelsea in quest for central defender


Rafael Benitez has reportedly switched his focus to one of his old clubs Chelsea in the hunt for a new Everton centre-back.

The new Toffees boss is expected to have an active transfer window this summer, with several ins and outs on the cards. But one of those players who could arrive back on Merseyside is Stamford Bridge star Kurt Zouma.

Reports on Sunday suggested that Benitez was still considering a move for former Carlo Ancelotti target Kalidou Koulibaly.

However, 90.min claims that Zouma is now under consideration, as he would be significantly cheaper.

The Frenchman is no stranger to Everton, having spent a season on loan at Goodison in 2018-19.

The 26-year-old made 32 appearances in all during his time with the Toffees. However, a permanent switch was never really an option.

Zouma enjoyed more game time than he is accustomed to under first Frank Lampard and then Thomas Tuchel last term.

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He made 22 starts in all, including five in Europe as the Blues lifted the Champions League trophy.

While the reports suggests that Chelsea are reluctant to let Zouma leave, the fact that they are actively looking to sign a new centre-back would suggest otherwise.


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