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.
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.
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.’
‘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.’