Roma have agreed a loan deal with Chelsea for fullback Davide Zappacosta.
This is being reported by Sky Italia’s Gianluca DiMarzio.
The loan deal will last till 2020. And it is understood that Roma do not have an option in the deal agreed with Chelsea.
But if Zappacosta really impressed Roma, they would have first choice to buy Zappacosta permanently before any other club.
Roma have beaten of competition from other Italian clubs including the likes of Inter Milan and Lazio in securing the signature of the Chelsea fullback.
It is being reported that he will be having his medicals this week before signing for Roma.
This news comes as no surprise to many Chelsea fans, after hearing that Frank Lampard opted to get rid of the Italian fullback to allow youngster Reece James to have a more significant role in his side this season.Embed from Getty Images
Chelsea signed the Italian defender for £23 million from Italian side Torino in the Summer transfer window of 2017.
He was brought in by Antonio Conte who was a massive admirer at the time of the Italian fullback after working and selecting him in the Italian national team for Euro 2016.
However he failed to impress Conte in his first season at Chelsea- falling in the pecking order behind the right wing back at the time Victor Moses.
A consistent theme of Davide’s time at Chelsea was that he always was backup. Once Conte was sacked, and Sarri was appointed- the Italian fullback acted as backup to Chelsea captain Cesar Azpilicueta.
Despite the lack of appearances for Chelsea in nearly 2 years (46 in total in all competitions across two seasons), the Italian fullback was part of a Chelsea squad who won 2 major honours (the FA Cup and most recently the Europa League).
The now Roma player by the looks of it will be remembered best by Chelsea fans for his outstanding goal early on in his Chelsea career in the Blues 6-0 thrashing of Azerbaijani side Qarabag in the Champions League.
He now looks like he will return to Italy on a temporary basis to gain much more first team football.
Then when he returns in 2020 to Chelsea, they will decide what they will do with him next. Permanently selling him is the most likely option.
However they may have to lower there asking price which is understood to currently stand at £25 million.Embed from Getty Images