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.”
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football.london understands that talks remain ongoing with Zouma and the club hope to reach an agreement that suits all parties shortly.
The defender is set for his medical on Thursday afternoon in Paris before returning to the UK to link up with the Hammers.
If Zouma has received both doses of the covid-19 vaccine the defender will not need to quarantine on his arrival in England, however, if he has not received two jabs then he would face a ten-day quarantine before being able to train with his new teammates.
Zouma’s involvement in Saturday’s clash against Crystal Palace at the London Stadium will depend on his vaccine status and the club registering the deal by noon on Friday, August 27.