Zouma’s future at Chelsea thrown into doubt
But it is unclear whether Zouma has a future at the club under their new Italian boss.
If Chelsea are willing to let Zouma leave then they are facing a race against time to find him a new club with the transfer window closing ahead of the first round of Premier League fixtures a week on Friday.
Equally, the likelihood of Zouma playing a role under Sarri appear small after his squad number was given to new signing Jorginho.
Similarly he is still listed as an ‘on loan’ player on Chelsea’s official website despite returning to the club.
Zouma still has five years left on his existing Chelsea deal after signing a new contract before leaving for Stoke last summer.
Zouma, who has two senior caps for world champions France, was a regular for the Potters last season as he successfully recovered from a ACL injury sustained during the 2016-17 campaign.
But his future is shrouded in doubt ahead of the new season.