Kurt Zouma has been compared to a young Marcel Desailly.
Jose Mourinho is preparing to plunder the transfer market again, once the Mohamed Salah deal has been concluded.
The expected capture of exciting talent Salah follows the arrival of former player Nemanja Matic, but the Portuguese still has the bulk of £37 million burning a hole in his pocket.
A player he is impressed by is St. Etienne's highly-rated Kurt Zouma and the player himself has made no secret of his desire to play in West London after receiving a call from the Chelsea manager (per Gary Jones of the Daily Star):
Well, it's true. There has been an advanced contact.
At first I thought it was a joke. But I quickly took his call seriously. A great man like Jose Mourinho phoning a small player like Kurt Zouma, it's nice.
I will always take Chelsea. I loved this club since childhood and blue is my favourite colour.
In my head, it is clear: I want a change. When going abroad, it's make or break. But it is a risk worth taking.
Mourinho was asked directly about his interest in Zouma and, as James Dickenson of the Daily Express reported, he didn't duck the issue:
As you can see Chelsea thinks about the future and when we think about the future we have scouts and contacts.
We contact clubs, we contact agents and players when we have permission from clubs to do it which is the case obviously.
At just 19 years of age, Zouma is already a player of some note.
The West London outfit could now snap the player up for a relatively modest £16.5 million.
Chelsea have been told by St. Etienne that they will have to pay at least £16.5m for youngster Kurt Zouma. pic.twitter.com/chXwSmTBvE— Chelsea Sources (@ChelseaSources) January 24, 2014
Whilst that may seem expensive for someone still in their teens, it's easy to understand why the player is so sought after.
Andrew Gibney of French Football Weekly compares him to a young Marcel Desailly.
High praise indeed.
In fact, Gibney goes even further in his glowing reference of the youngster:
In his short first team career Zouma has already scored two goals and impressed all in attendance, it seems the cat is truly out of the bag.
The raw power and pace that he possesses made it very hard for anyone to get past the huge defender.
If John Cross' report in the Daily Mirror is to be believed, then "Mr Chelsea" John Terry appears to be leaving the Blues at the end of the season.
Mourinho has seemingly moved quickly to secure an intelligent and youthful replacement.