As expected, Davide Zappacosta has returned to Italy, to play in Italy once again. Unfortunately, it’s just another loan for the Chelsea right back, who joins Serie A side Genoa CFC for the upcoming season.
❤️ Davide #Zappacosta e Marko #Pjaca sono due nuovi giocatori del Genoa.— Genoa CFC (@GenoaCFC) September 19, 2020
It's unclear if Genoa have the option to buy the 28-year-old former Torino man, but AS Roma did, and they eventually decided against exercising it despite looking likely to do so all throughout last season. ‘Tis the trouble with buy-options.
Zappacosta will be tasked with helping Genoa avoid relegation, after the team finished just four points above the drop zone last season. That quest begins this weekend, in the opening round of the 2019-20 Serie A, as the Rossoblu take on newly promoted Crotone at home.
Chelsea spent nearly €30m on Zappacosta in 2017, and after 35 largely non-memorable appearances that first season, he’s featured just 17 times for the club. Last season he spent mostly battling an ACL injury, form which he’s now supposedly fully recovered, though such things often take a bit of (extra) time.
In any case, best of luck to Zappacosta, who still has two years left on his Chelsea contract. May this season prove fruitful enough to prompt a purchase by Genoa or some other team!