In similar manner to the 2016 summer transfer window, Chelsea have gone completely under the radar to strike a deal for an Italy-based full-back on deadline day. Following the footsteps of former Fiorentina player Marcos Alonso, right back Davide Zappacosta has joined Chelsea from Torino.
The 25-year-old was a regular in Torino’s starting line-ups after arriving from Atalanta in July 2015. Although he has plied his trade as a right back, he is also able to play as a right midfielder — which should make his transition into a right wing-back much easier. Zappacosta was selected by Antonio Conte as a reserve player for Euro 2016, but he did not get to make his Italy debut until November, by which time Conte was at Chelsea.
Zappacosta’s transfer fee is believed to be around €25-28 million with €2m in bonuses, and he puts pen to paper on a four-year deal on his arrival. And just like Alonso, he is yet another unexpected purchase from the Serie A who seems to have the potential to grow into a useful member of the squad.
Davide Zappacosta: Only A. Sandro (48) has made more accurate crosses from open play of Serie A defenders than Zappacosta (47) since Jan '16 pic.twitter.com/FQV632hIiz— WhoScored.com (@WhoScored) August 31, 2017
Welcome, Zappacosta! May you have a Chelsea career as prolific as Frank Zappa's musical productions and as prolific as Diego Costa’s goals.