Zouma deal in the balance over Blues ban
Everton's hopes of signing loan defender Kurt Zouma on a permanent basis this summer could be hit by Chelsea's transfer ban.
The Londoners are unable to bring in any new signings for the next two transfer windows, while FIFA also hit them with a fine of 600,000 Swiss francs in relation to the international transfer and registration of players under the age of 18.
Chelsea have three days to appeal the decision, which does not affect player sales and would not prevent them offloading Zouma at the end of the season.
However, there is the possibility that the Blues could opt to take back some of their loan players to Stamford Bridge to boost the squad as they are unable to freshen things up with new faces.
And, Zouma, who has impressed at Goodison Park this term and scoring one goal in 27 appearances in all competitions, could be one of those to return.
It is likely that Toffees boss Marco Silva would entertain the idea of signing him on a full-time basis if the opportunity arises.
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