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Chelsea, Atalanta agree Davide Zappacosta transfer — reports

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Just as Chelsea were winning on the pitch on Sunday, we were apparently winning at the negotiating table as well, with reports out of Italy claiming that a transfer agreement for Davide Zappacosta has been found with Atalanta.

While earlier reports only spoke of a loan, reports today claim that it’s a permanent deal, though without any word of how much the transfer fee may be.

Zappacosta had been actively courted by both Atalanta and Fiorentina over the past week, with the latter jumping in and reportedly offering a €1m loan fee along with a €10m buy-option, which we may have even accepted. But, as per Gianluca Di Marzio, that prompted Atalanta to actually make a proper transfer bid, which is certainly a rarity these days. Needless to say, Chelsea were much more keen on that.

The 29-year-old right back is said to be ready to return to Atalanta, where he played once already, back in 2014-15. The deal is said to be close, if not done already, so hopefully the necessary medicals and signatures can be acquired soon as well.