Chelsea had initially agreed to loan out Davide Zappacosta to Lazio with the player also eager on returning to Italy. However, the latest report claims that the move is currently stalled due to the Blues’ €18m asking price for a permanent transfer.
The 26-year-old has featured for only 18 minutes in the Premier League this season as opposed to the 53 games under Conte. With just 10 appearances registered this term under Maurizio Sarri, it is fair to say that the right-back is not firmly planted in the Italian manager’s future plans.
Cesar Azpilicueta has been reinstated in his usual right-back position as Sarri likes to implement a strict back-four formation on a regular basis.
Zappacosta made his way over to the Stamford Bridge from Torino ahead of the 2017/18 season for £25m. At the time, Chelsea were coming fresh off a Premier League winning campaign and Roman Abrahimovich had sanctioned quite a few big-money transfers.
Zappacosta’s agent, Alessandro Lucci is reportedly in London trying to get Chelsea to lower their asking price. Lazio are ready to offload Riza Durmisi to Celta Vigo with a buy-back option worth €7m, which they plan on using for Zappacosta’s arrival.
However, the Serie A outfit feel Chelsea’s asking price is far too high for a player who has not played much for the side.