Chelsea favour rising star transfer to Turkey over Belgium, Conte green lights move

Chelsea favour rising star to move to Turkey over Belgium, Conte green lights transfer

Chelsea would prefer Kurt Zouma to move to Turkey ahead of Belgium on loan next season.

Turkish sports newspaper Fanatik report that the Blues favour the young defender joining the Super Lig as it is a more physical and competitive league.

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Per the source, Chelsea reportedly would be keen on Zouma having a loan season in Turkey for a title challenging club with European competition football.

Turkish league giants Galatasaray are interested in bringing the 22-year-old in on a temporary move next season.

Galatasaray are currently fourth in the Turkish league and would book a place in European competition next season if they remain in the top four at the end of the campaign.

Another factor weighing in the favour of the Lions is the close relationship between Chelsea head coach Antonio Conte and Galatasaray manager Igor Tudor.

The two managers were teammates as players at Juventus.

Tudor is reported to be using his close ties to Conte as leverage in trying to secure a loan move for Zouma.

The Istanbul giants would not be able to sign Zouma on a permanent move to their current financial situation.

Galatasaray are pursuing loan transfers next season, Chelsea meanwhile are reportedly not prepared to sell Zouma on a permanent move.