“Not Rudiger!” – Spurs made an offer for Chelsea defender in the summer
According to a report by L’Equipe (as relayed by Sport Witness), Tottenham Hotspur made an offer for Chelsea defender Kurt Zouma during the summer transfer window but were put off by his asking price.
Spurs were linked with a late move for Antonio Rudiger (Football Insider) but there were also reports back in June that Jose Mourinho wanted to be reunited with Zouma in North London (RMC Sport).
However, the deal never materialised and Zouma has now established himself as a first-choice player for the Blues, with Frank Lampard seemingly settling on a Thiago Silva and Zouma partnership.
The 26-year-old’s impressive run of form has contributed to Chelsea’s defensive improvements in recent weeks. As a result, Zouma has now earned a recall to the France national side for their upcoming matches against Finland, Portugal and Sweden.
L’Equipe reveal that both Spurs and Everton made offers for the centre-back but Chelsea’s €45m (£40m) asking price put both clubs off.
Interestingly, the report suggests that Zouma was not opposed to a move to Spurs during the transfer window, having fallen down the pecking order at Stamford Bridge last campaign.