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Fiorentina join the race for Chelsea defender Davide Zappacosta — report

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Davide Zappacosta might not have been the most impressive player to have ever don the Chelsea shirt, but this season, he’s proven to be more than competent enough while on loan at Serie A club Genoa. The 28-year-old has featured on both the right and the left flanks as a wing-back, making 25 appearances, the most since his debut season at Chelsea in 2017, and scoring four goals in the process, a career high.

Genoa lack of funds and lack of a buy-option will make it hard to keep Zappacosta for another season — in fact, he recently posted on Instagram about packing up and leaving the city — he could be an affordable option for others in the league. We’ve seen a few rumors along those lines, linking the likes of Atalanta and Napoli with the former Torino man, and today it’s Fiorentina’s turn, as per La Gazzetta dello Sport (via Inside Futbol).

With just one year left on Zappacosta’s contract, a cut-rate deal could certainly be possibility for one of those teams, even Fiorentina — assuming we are ready to do business with them again after the whole Mohamed Salah-days of Our Life saga.