Fabrizio Romano of Sky Sports reported Thursday that Chelsea has agreed to sign right back Davide Zappacosta from Torino for £25 million. The 25-year-old Italian international is reportedly already on his way to London for his medical.
Once he passes the medical, Zappacosta will ink a four-year deal with the defending Premier League champions that will pay him about £450,000 per week. Zappacosta spent the last two seasons with Torino after previously playing for Atalanta. He has also registered four caps for the Italy senior national team.
Chelsea has made improvements to the side that won the league last year, but they have been beaten by other clubs for some of their targets during this summer transfer period. Manchester United swooped in and snagged Romelu Lukaku while Liverpool signed former Arsenal winger Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain on Wednesday, just one day after Chelsea and Arsenal had agreed on a transfer fee for the player. Oxlade-Chamberlain rejected Chelsea for the chance to join Jurgen Klopp’s side instead.
Chelsea also lost out on right back Kyle Walker when he signed with Manchester City instead. Danilo, who also signed with City, additionally said that he had previously received interest from Chelsea this summer.
It’s been an uneven start to the new campaign for the English champs. They were shockingly beaten at Stamford Bridge on opening day by relegation candidates Burnley, but they have since rallied for back-to-back wins over Arsenal and Everton. The Blues will square off with Leicester City once Premier League action resumes after the international break on September 9 at the King Power Stadium.