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Davide Zappacosta to Chelsea was probably the most surprising deal closed on the deadline day of this transfer window.

The Italian wing-back joined the Blues in an unexpected last minute deal:

“It’s been an unusual day but at the same time it’s the best day of my life,” the Italian said speaking as the first time as a Chelsea player to the club official website.

“It’s a great opportunity for me to come to Chelsea and grow in my career. Obviously I’m ecstatic. Everything went well and I’m really happy to be here. I want to make the supporters very proud.”

Zappacosta had the chance to work along with Conte already:

“I know him a little. I trained with him for a few weeks when I played for the national team under him and from that small experience I gathered, he was a great manager who is always hungry for victory and wants to improve and progress, which is very good for the players because he can convey that philosophy to us.”

Speaking about his career and playing style, he said:

“Initially I started as a winger but I’ve been moved further back, playing as a more traditional full-back, and I can also play as a wing-back which seems to be the role which suits me best.

“I used to play in a 3-5-2 under Gian Piero Ventura at Torino and while it wasn’t exactly the same, I think I will find it quite easy to settle in and obviously there is time to learn.”

Zappacosta reveals he’s always followed English football:

“I followed the Premier League a lot. In Italy matches are played on Sunday so Saturday was free to watch the best games in the Premier League and most of the time it was Chelsea.”

Speaking about Chelsea popularity in Italy, especially with Conte succeeding last year, and the tradition the club has with Italians ( both players and managers) he said:

There was a lot of talk about that in Italy last year, especially because he left there as a winning manager following a positive experience.

“It’s very exciting to continue in that tradition and I would like to leave a big mark on the club and make the supporters very proud.”

To play in the Premier League was one of Zappacosta’s ambitions:

“It has always been something I’ve thought about because I want to challenge myself with different types of football and styles of play. I’m very happy to be in the Premier League because I consider it to be one of the best – and most fascinating – leagues in the world.

“I’m very excited about playing in the Champions League because it’s every footballer’s dream to be a part of this competition. It will be a big challenge but I’m ready for it and I will do my best.”

The Italian wing-back also reveals he’s never been to London before:

“No, never, so this is a great opportunity for me to visit.”

 

 

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Davide Zappacosta joins Antonio Conte‘s squad on Deadline Day from Serie A outfit Torino on a £25m move, Chelsea and the Granata have just confirmed the deal after a medical at Cobham training centre.

The Italian right-back will earn around €2,500,000-per-year in wages as he has signed a four-year deal at Stamford Bridge.

Antonio Conte is a huge fan of Davide Zappacosta, who was selected in Italy’s 23-man squad for the Euros in 2016, a few months before the manager joined Chelsea.

“It is a dream for me to join Chelsea and play in the Premier League – Zappacosta said – I am very excited to be here and start working with the team. I hope I can show my quality to the coach, my team-mates and the supporters”.

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Chelsea are on the verge of completing the signing of Davide Zappacosta from Torino.

The 25-year-old wing-back has left Rome’s airport of Ciampino as he’s expected in London to undergo a medical ahead of a £25m move.

Chelsea will announce the deal until 11pm BST and the Italy international will put the pen to paper on a reported four-year deal.

 

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Chelsea are on the verge of signing right-back Davide Zappacosta from Torino.

Also reports from Italy confirmed the rumor regarding the Italian international, who would be a perfect back-up for Victor Moses in both defense and midfield.

It is understood Antonio Conte was looking for some players to sign on Deadline Day, and Zappacosta would be the first name on his wishlist.

The 25-year-old would join Chelsea on the last day of transfer market window as happened with Marcos Alonso, another wing-back, last summer.

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Antonio Conte and Chelsea narrowed down their attacking choices to Alvaro Morata or Andrea Belotti as Borussia Dortmund striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is not expected to leave the Bundesliga giants, as confirmed by sporting director Michael Zorc earlier today.

Chelsea are reportedly considering to smash their current club-record signing, which is the £50m move of Fernando Torres to Stamford Bridge in 2011. Belotti’s buyout clause is worth £88m for clubs overseas.

Torino chairman Urbano Cairo recently said: “I chose the clause to be €100m (£88m) abroad remember, because it is very high and for the moment no-one has come in for him, I’m glad he’s with us and hope he stays.”

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Chelsea are desperately looking for a striker to replace Diego Costa, set to leave to join Atletico Madrid back after breaking up with manager Antonio Conte.

After missing to sign Romelu Lukaku, who moved to Manchester United instead, the Blues targeted Borussia Dortmund star Pierre-Emerick AubameyangSpanish sources claim it’s a done deal Real Madrid forward Alvaro Morata and Torino top scorer Andrea “Il Gallo” Belotti.

Granata chairman Urbano Cairo insisted that the clubs aiming to sign the Italian striker need to pay the entire release clause:

“He has a €100m release clause. For now no-one has come in for him. I’m glad he’s with us and I hope he can stay.

I want to understand his intentions, I’m happy for him to stay, not least because we’ve given up interesting options which didn’t reach the €100m clause.

“They weren’t real offers, but there were contacts. I don’t want to imagine a Toro without Il Gallo.

“Tonight I’ll have a meal with [coach Sinisa] Mihajlovic and [sporting director Gianluca] Petrachi, we’ll talk about everything and you understand we also have to think about this possibility.

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Torino forward Andrea Belotti wants to stay put in Italy despite several rumors linked him with a Premier League move in summer.

The 23-year-old, speaking after Italy’s 2-0 win over Albania in the World Cup Qualifiers, told the press, “I want to stay at Toro. I dedicate it [my goal against Albania] to my fans, for I am staying”.

Belotti has scored 22 goals in Serie A (24 goals in all competitions) this season and Arsenal are reportedly lining-up a massive bid to persuade the former Palermo star, according to TuttomercatoWeb.com.

He added: “Of course I want to stay at Torino. I’d like to stay and I want to stay, let the Torino fans know.”

Also Napoli, Manchester City and Chelsea have been recently linked with a move for Belotti, who has a £86.6m buyout clause in his contract.

 

 

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Torino striker Andrea Belotti could leave Italy on Deadline Day, according to reports in London Evening Standard.

Chelsea’s technical director Michael Emenalo has travelled to Italy in order to discuss a massive £85m deal for the Italian striker, who scored 14 goals in 19 games so far.

The 23-year-old has a release clause that Antonio Conte could trigger after falling to land to Stamford Bridge both Fernando Llorente and Alvaro Morata.

Chelsea have also been linked with a move for Celtic starlet Moussa Dembele, whose ownership is currently esteemed around £40m.

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Chelsea boss Antonio Conte spoke about his experience with derbies during his footballer and manager career, especially when he was at Juventus:

“I liked these types of games, for sure. They are not normal.

“In Italy, when we played the derby against Torino it wasn’t easy. I remember a lot of games like that when I was a footballer, not only as a manager. These games are unpredictable.

“‘It’s normal in Italy too to have very tough games when you play against the big teams: Juventus-Inter, Juventus-Milan, against Roma.

“In Italy, I can tell you about it from my experiences in these types of game against Torino, and when I played with Lecce against Bari – these games are very tough and the supporters feel this.

“For sure there is a fantastic intensity during the game.

“In London there are a lot of teams, but this game is special for our fans. It’s not important to look at the past and I hope it’s not difficult to keep focus.

“We are working a lot to improve our football, to play good football, and I think during the game we must be focused on the game, and then to put our right passion in. I want my players to play with great intensity and great passion, but always in the right way.”

Spurs haven’t won at Stamford Bridge for almost thirty years, their last success in the West London stadium was in February 1990:

“I don’t like the stats, because they are cold. You have to live the moment. If you speak about our unbeaten run I can reply to you that in this championship Tottenham are unbeaten, and for this reason it’s important to play with good intensity, to try to win, and to change that situation.”

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Chelsea have joined Arsenal and Liverpool in the race to land Torino striker Andrea Belotti to the Premier League, according to reports in Italy.

Anyway, the Serie A side are reportedly set to offer the Italy international a new and improved deal until 2021 with a €50-60m buyout clause.

With Liverpool reportedly lining up a £19.5m move for the 22-year-old, also the Blues will challenge both Blues and Reds when the transfer market window reopens in January.

 

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