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Chelsea’s Kurt Zouma set for shock move across London

Dutchman is refusing to meet Liverpool's £30million asking price for Mamadou Sakho and will target Blues ace instead

NEW Crystal Palace boss Frank de Boer reportedly wants Chelsea’s Kurt Zouma on loan.

The Eagles are on the hunt for a new centre-back as they cannot afford Liverpool’s £30million asking-price for Mamadou Sakho.

Crystal Palace are chasing a loan deal for Kurt Zouma

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Crystal Palace are chasing a loan deal for Kurt Zouma

The Chelsea star wants to play regular games next season

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The Chelsea star wants to play regular games next season

He shined during a six-month spell at Selhurst Park, but those performances have only seen his valuation increase.

And the Mirror claims Palace will now target Zouma instead, with the Frenchman unsure over his future at Chelsea this summer.

The youngster did well to recover from a horror injury sustained in the 2015/16 campaign but didn’t play many games upon his return.

Gary Cahill, Cesar Azpilicueta and David Luiz are sure to continue at the back next season.

While Antonio Conte’s pursuit of Virgil van Dijk means the likes of Zouma may not be in line for regular football.

Palace believe they can coax the ex-St Etienne ace for a temporary deal, but the player himself is ultimately looking to star at Stamford Bridge.

Palace do not want to pay £30m for Liverpools Mamadou Sakho

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Palace do not want to pay £30m for Liverpool’s Mamadou Sakho

New boss Frank de Boer is a big fan of Zouma

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New boss Frank de Boer is a big fan of Zouma

Zouma said: “I’m very happy at Chelsea. I hear the rumours, it’s flattering. It means I’m a player people are looking at, but I’m not going to stop there.

“My objective is to stay at Chelsea. Next season, we’ll start from scratch, there will be a lot of games.”

Chelsea are chasing Southamptons Virgil van Dijk

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Chelsea are chasing Southampton’s Virgil van Dijk

Zouma admits his preference to stay and play for Chelsea

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Zouma admits his preference to stay and play for Chelsea