Chelsea look like they will finally strengthen at right wing-back after agreeing on a deal for Torino’s Davide Zappacosta.
According to reports emerging from Italy, the defender will complete a move to the capital today for a fee in the region of €25million.
After missing out on a deal for Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Antonio Conte has moved quickly to bring in some competition for Victor Moses ahead of a busy season at Stamford Bridge.
While many Chelsea fans don’t know much about their potential new right-back, they can rest assured in the fact that Conte knows all about the player after he handed Zappacosta his international debut.
Here we profile the right-back after Chelsea agreed on a deal to complete their first signing of transfer deadline day.
Who is he?
Zappacosta is a talented right-back that is highly regarded by many in Serie A.
After initially appearing for both Atalanta and Avellino as part of a co-ownership deal, the player completed a permanent deal to Atalanta in June 2014.
During his time with La Dea, Zappacosta came to the attention of Juventus who were keen to bring the player to Turin.
Although the player did eventually end up in the Italian city, it was Torino who clinched his signature a year later in a double deal alongside Daniele Baselli.
After appearing for Italy Under-21s previously, Conte rewarded Zappacosta for his form by calling him up to the national team in preparation for Euro 2016.
While Conte didn’t call the player up as part of the final 23-man squad, it seems he has kept his eye on him over the past year before making his move in the transfer market.
How did he do last season?
Although Andrea Belotti may have stolen all the headlines at Torino last season, Zappacosta also caught the eye for the Serie A side.
The right-back is highly regarded in Italy and he caught the eye of a number of top teams last season with his displays for his side.
Zappacosta appeared in 29 league games for Torino last season and he had a big impact for his team in both defence and attack.
The 25-year-old created 41 chances for his teammates last season, setting up five goals in the process.
As well as teeing up goals, Zappacosta also got his name on the scoresheet last season with a goal in the 3-1 win at Chievo in April.
How much will he cost?
Zappacosta is expected to move to Stamford Bridge for a fee of around €25million.
Liverpool and Swansea have been linked with the Italian in the past, while Sunderland had a €10million bid rejected by Torino last summer.
Juventus had scouted the full-back previously and he was keen on a move as his entire family are all Juve fans.
What has he said about the Premier League in the past?
“If an offer came in from a big club, I’d be eager to prove what I can do. It would be a dream to play in the Premier League.”
What did he say after Antonio Conte called him up for the Italian national team?
“For us, it’s already a dream to be here.
“We have to use this opportunity. On a personal level, even if I were to make the reserve list I’d like the chance to give my all.
“My chances? I’m not thinking about it. Even with a one per cent chance I’d give my all.”