Reports also claim that Silva allowed Ashley Williams to move to relegated Stoke - effectively replacing Zouma - on loan and let Ramiro Funes Mori join Spain's Villarreal, leaving him desperate to bring in new faces.
"It's nearly done, not official but nearly".
'I had my plans for many months and I find myself with the market closed in a situation I did not think I would be in.
His arrival at the club has been followed by several high-calibre players including Bernard, Lucas Digne, Andre Gomes, Yerry Mina and Richarlison. "Of course at his moment it looks stronger but we have to work with all of them and gel everything and put them in our way to adapt them as soon as possible".
The France global spent last season on loan to Stoke City, but was left out of Chelsea's pre-season trip to Australia due to injury.
It also means that Silva has nearly completely overhauled his defence after allowing Luke Garbett, Ramiro Funes Mori and Ashley Williams to depart. "I know not only Nuno but some new players they have bought".
The Colombian has been rumoured to be near a move to Goodison Park for at least a week now, but interest from Manchester United had derailed talks.
"He has good knowledge of the position he plays and he is good on the ball as well".