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Man Utd and Chelsea transfers: Club bids for Zouma
10th July 2013 10:40am BST
Manchester United and Chelsea have been dealt a blow in their pursuit of Saint-Etienne defender Kurt Zouma after Bundesliga side Wolfsburg stole in with a bid for the highly-rated youngster.
Saint-Etienne met the German side in a pre-season friendly 1-1 draw on Tuesday and during half-time at that encounter Wolfsburg director Klaus Allofs confirmed that an approach had been made to Les Verts for Zouma.
Although that bid is expected to be rejected by Saint-Etienne, who are opposed to losing one of their key players, SportsDirect News understands that United and Cheslea may be set to follow suit with an offer of their own.
Zouma is believed to be one of several potential targets the Premier League sides have identified to strengthen their line-up ahead of the forthcoming season.
The powerful 18-year-old centre-back is currently on international duty with France at the Fifa U20 World Cup in Turkey, where his side face Ghana in today's semi-finals.
The other semi-final will be played out between Uruguay and Iraq.