Chelsea are planning to loan out Kurt Zouma this summer.
The club have identified Leonardo Bonucci and Virgil van Dijk as summer targets and their search for a new defender will likely lead to Zouma’s exit.
Chelsea want the France international to play regularly again having been out for a year from February 2016 with with a knee ligament injury.
Lyon and Nice have expressed an interest, but Conte won’t let him leave until Chelsea have brought a centre half in.
Zouma is not pushing to leave and is content to stay at Chelsea to fight for a place.
However, he will also have Denmark international Andreas Christensen, who has spent the last two seasons on loan at Borussia Monchengladbach, to compete with.
“I will join up with Chelsea on July 7th. I haven’t talked to Conte yet,” said Christensen earlier this month.
“The sports director says the plan is that I meet like all the others and go through the preseason.”
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