Chelsea full-back Davide Zappacosta will move to Serie club Genoa on loan this season, according to Italian journalist Gianluca Di Marzio.
The 28-year-old spent last season on loan at AS Roma. It appears that Chelsea boss Frank Lampard wants to offload the Italian international to Serie A against this season.
Chelsea Defender Davide Zappacosta to Join Genoa on Loan
Another Loan for Zappacosta
Although Di Marzio announced the agreement between Chelsea and Genoa is close yesterday, no further details have been revealed about the transfer.
Zappacosta’s current contract with Chelsea expires in 2022. Therefore, a loan with an option to buy the 28-year old could be likely for Genoa.
Zappacosta was loaned to another Serie A side, AS Roma, last season. However, the Italian international struggled with multiple injuries throughout the season and made just nine appearances in Serie A.
The full-back began his Chelsea career brightly after the Blues signed Zappacosta for £22.5 million in 2017. He made 35 appearances in the 2017/18 season under Antonio Conte, but he does not appear to be in Frank Lampard’s future plans at Stamford Bridge.
Tough Competition at Chelsea
Zappacosta would be very unlikely to displace current Chelsea right-back’s Reece James and club captain Cesar Azpilicueta.
James was a breakthrough success last season. The 20-year old made 37 appearances overall in is his first senior season at Stamford Bridge. He also started the 2020/21 season brightly on Monday, scoring a long-range effort in the 3-1 win over Brighton and Hove Albion.
Although Zappacosta is versatile and can play at both left and right-back, there is also stiff competition at left-back. New signing Ben Chilwell will get the opportunity to prove himself in the coming weeks. Whereas veteran defender Marcos Alonso and Zappacosta’s compatriot, Emerson, will most likely play back-up to Chilwell throughout the season. As a result, a move for the Italian makes sense.
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