Chelsea coach planning to sell £45,000-a-week right-back this summer

London club have reportedly placed a €25m valuation on Davide Zappacosta despite speculation linking him with a return to Serie A with Roma.

It’s been a difficult start for Frank Lampard as he’s suffered a heavy defeat in his opening Premier League match in charge while that was followed by a loss on penalties in the UEFA Super Cup clash with Liverpool in midweek.

He’ll hope to get off the mark as Blues manager in their clash with Leicester City at Stamford Bridge this weekend, but it seems as though he’ll also have decisions to make on a few potential outgoing deals before the transfer deadline around Europe at the start of September.

Chelsea want €25m to greenlight an exit for Italy international, but while Giallorossi are said to be interested, that transfer fee could put them off making a bid unless it involves an initial loan move to the Stadio Olimpico first. Last season Zappacosta played just 17 matches and provided two assists in all competitions.

Meanwhile, it’s added that Tiemoue Bakayoko and Lucas Piazon could be following Davide out of the exit door this transfer window, with the latter ready for another loan move while it stays to be seen if any clubs across Europe are willing to take French midfielder on.

On the one hand, it looks like a questionable decision to trim the squad as given their transfer ban this summer, Frank may well need all the quality and depth that he has at his disposal to ensure that Blues compete on multiple fronts.