Despite Marco Silva having made clear his intention to bring Chelsea’s Kurt Zouma back to Goodison Park this summer, Everton’s intention has seemingly gone up in smoke.

Chelsea manager Frank Lampard declared earlier this week in a press conference that he has no intention of letting Zouma leave the club, saying:

I want him [Zouma] here, simple as that.

We are competitive with the centre-backs we have in the team and he had a very good season at Everton and I can understand why they want him.

He’s a Chelsea player and I want him.

Failure to sign Zouma is a hammer blow to Everton, with the Frenchman having struck up such a strong partnership with Michael Keane in the heart of the Toffees’ defence last season.

With that in mind, we’ve looked at who Everton could replace Zouma with as Keane’s partner in crime ahead of the season’s opener against Crystal Palace.