Marco Silva hopes of bringing Chelsea defender Kurt Zouma to Everton Football Club on a permanent deal have been given a boost today as it was confirmed that, as expected, Chelsea have taken their appeal regarding their transfer ban to the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS).
Chelsea had appealed the initial decision after they were found guilty of violating the rules regarding the recruitment of young players. That resulted in FIFA issuing them with a ban that stops them from making signings over the next two transfer windows.
Today it has been confirmed by, the Switzerland based CAS (as reported by the Echo) that they have registered Chelsea’s appeal which could lead to the ban being lifted, in the short-term, whilst they consider the appeal. This would mean that Chelsea would be free to buy players and that increases the chances of them then selling Kurt Zouma to Everton.
Zouma had an impressive season for the Blues and both Marco Silva and Marcel Brands are keen to keep the 24 year old defender at Goodison Park on a permanent basis. Should Everton be able to keep Zouma, it would be a big boost for Silva as he continues to build a side that can challenge for the European places next season.
Everton have already been given a boost this week with Andre Gomes admitting that he would like to make his switch from Barcelona to Everton a permanent arrangement. The 25 year old Portuguese midfielder had also attracted interest from Tottenham Hotspur and more recently West Ham but has made it clear he prefers a move to Everton and that deal is now with Marcel Brands to finalise.
Should Silva manage to sign both Zouma and Gomes and add the other key positions he wants then Everton will be well placed to challenge for a higher position than last season’s 8th place finish.