Thursday August 31 2017
Official: Chelsea sign Zappacosta

Torino have officially confirmed the sale of Davide Zappacosta to Chelsea, for a reported €28m plus €2m in bonuses.

That translates to £25.8m plus £1.8m bonuses.

It emerged earlier today that the Blues were interested in the Italian international, and the Granata accepted an offer early in the afternoon.

Zappacosta then flew to London to complete the deal, but there was concern that the transfer wouldn’t be done by the 11pm deadline.

However, the Serie A side have now confirmed that the move has gone through, for what Sky Italia reports is €28m plus €2m in bonuses.

“Torino Football Club announces the outright sale of the player Davide Zappacosta to Chelsea Football Club,” a statement on the Granata’s official website reads.

“President Urbano Cairo wishes to thank Davide for the seriousness, commitment and dedication which always distinguished him in these years, and on behalf of every at Torino FC wishes him all the best for the continuation of his career.”

The English club later released a statement of their own to confirm the deal.

“We have today completed the signing of Davide Zappacosta from Torino.

“The 25-year-old can play at wing-back or full-back and has been capped by Italy. He has signed a four-year deal at Stamford Bridge.

“Zappacosta possesses a combination of defensive and attacking qualities and is a fine crosser of the ball from a wide-right position. His energy and stamina enable him to get forward for 90 minutes and recover quickly when defending. He is quick and composed in one-on-one situations and times his tackles well.

"Zappacosta began his career at Italian fourth-tier side Isola Liri. After signing for Atalanta in Serie A, he then enjoyed regular first team football with Avellino, who purchased co-ownership rights to the player.

"He returned to Atalanta and became a first team regular there in 2014/15, with his performances earning him a move to Torino, one of the historically most successful clubs in Italy.

"An impressive season in Turin led Conte to call up Zappacosta to the Italy national squad ahead of Euro 2016, and he was named on their back-up list for the tournament. He subsequently made his maiden international appearance last season and has now been capped four times by the Azzurri.

"Welcome to Chelsea, Davide!”

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