Man Utd open Chelsea talks for Zouma

Jose Mourinho has reportedly personally spoken to Kurt Zouma over the phone to convince him into a move to Manchester United.

Yerry Mina could also move to the blue half of Merseyside before Thursday's transfer deadline as his future with Barcelona appears increasingly bleak. However, the Red Devils seem to have cooled their interest, preferring to focus more on the likes of Leicester City's Harry Maguire and Tottenham Hotspur's Toby Alderweireld.

It is believed the personal intervention of new manager Marco Silva and the chance to play alongside fellow Brazilian Richarlison, signed last month from Watford for £44million, swayed Bernard's decision.

He added: "Yerry Mina's a great guy".

This dual operation increases the good relation between Barcelona and Everton, which already saw Lucas Digne move to Goodison this season.

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"It is one position and it is easy to understand how many we need in that position".

The Frenchman, who has also been linked with a move to Everton, impressed on loan at Stoke last season but will struggle to force his way through a queue of central defenders now he is back with the Blues.

Mourinho was the man in charge at Stamford Bridge when Zouma was signed from St Etienne in 2014 but after a promising start to his career in west London the 23-year-old fell out-of-favour under Antonio Conte.

"Andre Gomes as well of Barcelona has been mentioned, I'm not sure that's one that's quite as near".

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