There’s news in le10sport.com in France today that if Newcastle approach Saint. Etienne for their 19 year-old young center-back Kurt Zouma, the player himself will reject the move.
Kurt Zouma – top young French defender
That’s because there are bigger clubs than Newcastle after him, and those clubs include Chelsea and Inter Milan, and both can offer the youngster Champions League football every season, and that’s something Newcastle cannot do for the foreseeable future.
That’s a fact – unfortunately.
Newcastle were interested in the top young French defender last summer, and if we had moved quickly at that time, there was probably a decent chance we could have signed the lad.
But with Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho said to be very keen on the youngster, this report in France should not be too big a surprise to Geordie fans.
Until Newcastle are in the top four in the Premier League most seasons, or make that a top goal for the club, the very best players will not come to Tyneside – because they want Champions League football, and you cannot blame them for that.
And the news in le10sport.com is that Saint Etienne have already received bids from both Inter-Milan and AS Monaco in the region of £10M for their top youngster.
Chelsea are aggressively pursuing the player, and look to be the club best positioned to get the Frenchman, as Kurt has already said he’d love to join the London club, and a deal could even be completed by the end of the week.
The only thing Newcastle could offer Kurt would be a much better chance of playing first team football than at Chelsea (or Inter), but it seems he is not too worried about being on the bench at Chelsea.
What do you think?
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