Transfer news: Chelsea agree fee with Saint Etienne for Kurt Zouma - reports
Blues could announce third signing of the window
Chelsea have agreed a £12.4m fee for Saint Etienne defender Kurt Zouma, according to reports.
It is understood that Jose Mourinho has already spoken to the France U21 international about a move to Stamford Bridge.
The Evening Standard report that the 19-year-old is expected to stay in France for the rest of the season before joining on a five-year-deal in the summer.
His impending arrival will increase speculation over the long-term future of Brazil international David Luiz, as well as captain John Terry.
Luiz is no longer first choice in manager Jose Mourinho’s first team and was left on the bench for the 0-0 draw against West Ham last night.
Mourinho is expected to sell more players in the close season to raise transfer funds for other targets and Luiz, who cost £25m in 2011, continues to be linked with Bayern Munich and Barcelona.
He is currently worth in excess of £30m, although his value could increase even further should he star for Brazil in the World Cup this summer.
Meanwhile, Terry has yet to be offered an extension on his contract, which expires at the end of this season.
Chelsea will only offer a 12-month deal as part of their strict policy regarding players over 30, but the former England international wants more than that.
Room will have to be made in the squad for Zouma, who is rated as one of the best young defenders in France.
Chelsea also have Gary Cahill, Branislav Ivanovic and youngster Tomas Kalas that can all play at centre half.
The signing of Zouma will take Chelsea's January spending above £48m having also bought Nemanja Matic and Mohamed Zalah during this window. But they have still made a profit during the month as Juan Mata and Kevin de Bruyne left for a combined £53m.
Who else could Chelsea sign?
Latest in Sport
Arsenal and Puma unveil world's first left-footed football
Italy vs England player ratings: Did Andros Townsend's goal see him beat Harry Kane and Wayne Rooney to top marks?
WWE Raw results: Brock Lesnar suspended for post-Wrestlemania 31 rampage after losing title to Seth Rollins
Raheem Sterling interview: No amount of money can convince Sterling to stay at Liverpool
Liverpool injury news: Raheem Sterling, Daniel Sturridge, Adam Lallana and Dejan Lovren expected to be ready for Arsenal clash
- 1 Katie Hopkins attacked me on Twitter — so I reported her to the police for inciting racial hatred
- 2 Google April Fools': company unveils backwards search engine and huggable digital assistant
- 3 I might be an MP, but that doesn't stop me fighting sexism with my breasts
- 4 April Fools' Day 2015: The best hoax news stories from around the internet
- 5 Gamers confess the worst things they've done in The Sims
Street preacher quoting from the Bible fined for calling homosexuality an 'abomination'
Katie Hopkins attacked me on Twitter — so I reported her to the police for inciting racial hatred
Woman filmed launching racist tirade against men on the Tube for speaking in 'own lingo'
David Cameron calls Labour 'hopeless, sneering socialists' while announcing 7-day NHS plans
Revealed: Putin's army of pro-Kremlin bloggers
Katie Hopkins reported to the police for race hatred by Labour MP Simon Danczuk after tweet about Pakistani men