Chelsea Tell Italian Club To Pay £23m For Davide Zappacosta

Chelsea have reportedly slapped a £23m price tag on the head of Italy international Davide Zappacosta with Frank Lampard prepared to sell him before the European transfer market closes.

Zappacosta penned a four-year deal at Stamford Bridge after completing a €28m move from Torino in the summer transfer window of 2017.

The 27-year-old made 35 matches for Chelsea during his first campaign at the club but his influence waned the previous year under Maurizio Sarri.

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New head coach Lampard also appears to have reservations over Davide, with reports claiming he’ll favour academy graduate Reece James as cover for Spain international Cesar Azpilicueta at right-back this season.

As such, Frank deems Zappacosta as surplus to requirements and is ready to sanction his departure in August, with AS Roma keen to strike a deal.

The Italian side have expressed interest in landing Zappacosta but Goal say they are being put off by the Blues’ £23m valuation.

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Due to the price, it is reported Roma may seek a loan-to-buy deal. the Blues are also open to offers for French star Tiemoue Bakayoko.

Lampard suffered a 4-0 defeat to Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s Manchester United in his first EPL match in charge of Chelsea and will be hoping for a response on Sunday when Brendan Rodgers’s Leicester City travel to Stamford Bridge.

Ahead of the match with the King Power Stadium outfit, Lampard said: ‘I’m proud to manage this club.’

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‘I’ve been back a few times and had great support so it will be an emotional, special day for me but the important thing is that we win the game.’

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