The Italian media outlet claims the Serie A side are looking to try and bring the 27-year-old back to his homeland on an initial loan deal with the view of making the deal permanent in 12 months’ time.
It is stated that Chelsea are believed to want €25m (£22.9m) for the right-back. However, Roma are said to be unable to afford that transfer fee – although, as Sport Witness reveal, there is no mention within the report as to whether the Blues would be prepared to allow Zappacosta to leave temporarily.
Having signed for Chelsea in a £23m deal from Torino back in the summer of 2017 (Mirror), things have been far from plain sailing for the Italian during his time at Stamford Bridge.
In the two years he has been in SW6, Zappacosta has managed to make just 52 appearances across all competitions, including only 13 starts in the Premier League (out of a possible 54 selections) as the majority of his game-time came in the Europa League last season (Transfermarkt). In those outings, he has provided the Blues with just two goals and four assists.
He is yet to feature for Frank Lampard in competitive action this season either and he was not even included in the two top-flight squads, which, perhaps suggests his future lies away from Chelsea.
With Cesar Azpilicueta seemingly the first-choice right-back and Reece James still to come back from injury – a player Lampard has openly spoken about as an individual that will be a ‘big player’ for the club this season – there clearly does not look to be any room for the 27-year-old.
When comparing the Spaniard and Zappacosta’s stats from last season (in Europa League action to try and get a fair comparison), the data heavily fell in the former of the two’s favour.
According to WhoScored, Azpilicueta averaged 1.7 tackles, 2.1 interceptions and 2.8 clearances in his 694 minutes on the pitch, whereas the Italian only averaged 1 tackle, 1.1 interceptions and 1.1 clearances in his 719 minutes.
Considering he hardly looks to have a future at Chelsea, it might just be best for the Blues to allow Zappacosta to leave the club this summer on a loan deal with a view of Roma stumping up the cash later on to sign him permanently.
Lampard has already let a number of fringe players go this summer as he looks to reshape the squad he has inherited and with the 27-year-old not even making the matchday squads in the Premier League, he clearly looks surplus to requirements at Stamford Bridge.
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