€20m-rated Chelsea on loan defender decided to remain in Serie A

After a year of sporadically featuring for London club and with Frank Lampard seemingly uninterested in using him regularly for the 2019-20 season, Davide Zappacosta decided it was best to go out on loan in Serie A somewhere. He wanted to get regular game time.

Lazio were linked for a bit, but Roma were eventually the lucky recipients of Italy international, who is initially joining on a six-month loan because of the Premier League club’s transfer ban situation, with an option for the clubs to extend it until the end of the campaign if needs be.

Roma team manager, Morgan de Sanctis explained it was likely Davide would see out the campaign at Stadio Olimpico, and the right-back is even pushing for more. Zappacosta has ‘already manifested his intention of staying’ in Italy’s capital beyond the 2019-20 season.

With no option to buy in his loan, that is a decision that will need to be made after some talks between the two clubs, but if he performs well and London club don’t need to recall him in winter, it looks unlikely English manager and co. will stand in the way of making money from an unwanted footballer.

Arriving at Chelsea back in 2017 for £22m, the 27-year-old defender only played 52 games in two whole campaigns, scoring two goals and assisting teammates four times. The Italian defender has contracted with the Blues until 2022, and his release clause is around £25m.

Roma signed several players past summer like Henrikh Mkhitaryan from Arsenal, Pau Lopez from Real Betis, Jordan Veretout from Fiorentina, Amadou Diawara from Napoli, Leonardo Spinazzola from Juventus and Nikola Kalinic from Atletico Madrid.