Chelsea defender Kurt Zouma is set to sign a new four-year contract and looks very likely join Stoke on season-long loan.
The Premier League champions still rate the France international highly and want to secure his long-term future.
He is being allowed to leave on a temporary basis in order to get guaranteed regular first-team football following a serious knee injury.
Kurt Zouma made just three Premier League starts under Antonio Conte last term as he was eased back into first-team football following an anterior cruciate ligament injury in the 2015/16 season.
Cesar Azpilicueta, Gary Cahill and David Luiz locked out the back three defensive positions as Chelsea won the title and the arrival of Antonio Rüdiger from Roma will likely shunt Zouma further down the pecking order.