Chelsea are understood to be considering offering Kurt Zouma compensation in order to ensure his proposed move to West Ham does not collapse.
football.london understands that the deal for Zouma hinges on the involvement of ‘multiple agents’ in the transfer and that discussions between the parties continue in order to keep the move alive.
The two clubs have come to an agreement in principle over the transfer, with a fee of £25.7million agreed between the sides.
However, there was a sticking point on personal terms between Zouma and West Ham as well as the issue with the agents involved in the deal.
According to Reach PLC’s Transfer Window podcast, Ian McGarry said that Chelsea are willing to pay Zouma ‘compensation’ in order for the deal to go through and free up space for their own transfer move for Sevilla’s Jules Kounde.
McGarry said: “Proving herself to be a very canny operator in the market, Marina Granovskaia has decided that, if Zouma needs to extend the money he is getting paid at West Ham, Chelsea can facilitate part of his demands by paying him some compensation on his current contract in forms of a pay-off.
“One installment would come five days after he signs for West Ham United and then another one next summer at exactly the same date, in order to assure the smooth transition of Zouma’s move to West Ham, and of course, in turn, receiving the fee from West Ham.”
football.london understands that talks remain ongoing with Zouma and the club hope to reach an agreement that suits all parties shortly.
If the Hammers wish Zouma to be involved in Saturday’s clash against Crystal Palace at the London Stadium the deal must be completed by noon on Friday, August 27.
Source by Football London