Chelsea agree deal for Torino defender Davide Zappacosta

Posted September 02, 2017

The 27-year old was a stalwart in Leicester's midfield over the past two seasons, proving reliable in a title-winning campaign and bringing a sense of calmness during last season's step backwards.

Chelsea have announced the completed transfer of Italian defender Davide Zappacosta from Torino in a reported £23million deadline day move. The deal has now been completed and he is a Chelsea player.

He also said it was "a dream for me to join Chelsea" after his deal was finalised. "I hope I can show my quality to the coach, my teammates and the supporters", Zappacosta told the club's official website.

He now becomes the 14th new face at Stamford Bridge this transfer window, with the highest-profile signings including Alvaro Morata, Tiemoue Bakayoko and Antonio Rudiger.

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The Italian connection is clear in the Zappacosta deal as it was Antonio Conte who gave the full-back his debut for Italy in 2016.

Competition for Victor Moses in the right wing-back role was identified as a priority and after missing out on Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain to Liverpool, Conte turned his attention to Zappacosta.

The pair met during his time playing for Avellino, the 23-year-old's native city where she still works in an electronics shop, and are used to having a distance relationship after his return to Atalanta then Torino.