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Roma close in on Zappacosta

August 20, 2019
Davide Zappacosta

Davide Zappacosta is close to joining Roma on a season-long loan from Chelsea, according to Sky in Italy.

The right-back has not featured for Chelsea this season under new head coach Frank Lampard and is surplus to requirements at Stamford Bridge.

Zappacosta will undergo a medical later this week ahead of completing a move to the Stadio Olimpico.

The 27-year-old joined Chelsea from Torino in 2017 under the management of Antonio Conte and went on to feature 35 times during his debut season in England.

He was part of the squad that won the FA Cup in May 2018, but was an unused substitute during the 1-0 final victory over Manchester United at Wembley.

Zappacosta made only four Premier League appearances last season under Maurizio Sarri, with the majority of his performances coming in Chelsea’s successful run to the Europa League title.

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Captain Cesar Azpilicueta remains Chelsea’s first-choice right-back, despite a shaky start to the new season in the 4-0 defeat away at Manchester United.

Lampard is keen to give youth a chance this campaign given the club’s transfer ban and has already handed starts to Mason Mount and Tammy Abraham.

Reece James impressed on loan at Wigan last season and there are high hopes he can become the long-term successor to Azpilicueta.

He is currently working his way back to full fitness having suffered ankle ligament damage while playing for England at the U20 Toulon Tournament during the summer.

James is expected to return to action in September, so the departure of Zappacosta is unlikely to cause problems for Lampard.

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