The impending two-window transfer ban imposed on Chelsea is starting to have consequences beyond the club themselves and the latest to feel the repercussions of FIFA’s decision is Everton and Kurt Zouma.
Zouma has spent the last season on loan at Goodison and the Toffees have apparently told Chelsea they want to make the deal permanent but because the Blues will be unable to source a replacement they are set to reject Everton’s overtures.
Chelsea has lost Eden Hazard to Real Madrid and just cannot afford to lose any more players that they cannot replace, they will be fighting on four fronts next season and will need as a strong a squad they can muster for the challenges ahead.
The player himself did well for Everton and appeared to have settled in well on Merseyside and may be disappointed with the turn of events but Chelsea cannot be blamed for acting in their own best interests even if it means that they upset one of their own players.
Everton will now have to look elsewhere unless they can somehow persuade the Europa League champions to change their minds, which looks very unlikely as things stand today.