Chelsea have today completed the signing of Italian full back Davide Zappacosta from Torino for a fee believed to be in the region of £23 million.
A signing that has taken many by surprise, Zappacosta is not a player that many Chelsea fans are familiar with. Importantly, the 25 year-old does appear to be an Antonio Conte signing though, as the Italian is familiar with his compatriot having been the man to first call Zappacosta up to the national team squad when he was Head Coach.
Zappacosta has joined Chelsea on a four year deal running until 2021 and it is believed the Blues have paid a transfer fee in the region of £23 million to Torino for the defender’s services.
Speaking upon completion of his move, Zappacosta told Chelsea’s official website how happy he is to be a blue:
“It is a dream for me to join Chelsea and play in the Premier League. I am very excited to be here and start working with the team. I hope I can show my quality to the coach, my team-mates and the supporters.”
Chelsea’s technical director Michael Emenalo also spoke and has been full of praise for the new signing:
“Davide is a player of international calibre who Antonio Conte knows well and we have been aware of for some time. We are very pleased to be able to bring him to the club and believe he will become an important member of the squad.”
It is no secret that Zappacosta will not have been Chelsea’s first choice wing back to sign this summer. The club have failed to sign targets including Alex Sandro and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain in this window, and have waited until Deadline Day to complete this deal and bring some much needed cover for both Victor Moses and Marcos Alonso to the squad for the coming season.
That being said, there is no doubt that the Italian has some strong traits that will be of benefit to Chelsea. Those familiar with Serie A claim Zappacosta has fantastic stamina, great crossing ability, and has become strong tactically during his seasons playing in Italy’s top flight. The defender seems to be a ‘Conte player’ and supporters will be hopeful their manager can get the kind of performances out of Zappacosta that he has seen from Moses and Alonso since introducing Stamford Bridge to his 3-4-3 system.
Zappacosta is likely to be one of two Deadline Day signings Chelsea complete, with Danny Drinkwater also likely to be announced as a Chelsea player later this evening despite the deadline having now passed.