Zouma has struggled to break into Conte’s plans this season after suffering a cruciate knee ligament injury that kept him on the sidelines for almost a year.
With John Terry due to depart, a centre-back could be top of Conte’s shopping list in the summer with Virgil van Dyke reportedly wanted by the Blues.
Andreas Christensen is also returning from a two-year loan at Borussia Monchengladbach
Rather than spend another campaign on the sidelines, Chelsea believe Zouma needs to play regularly next season – something he is unlikely to do at Stamford Bridge. The Blues would also ideally like 21-year-old Christensen to work under Conte and integrate himself into the first-team squad.