Italian club are close to signing £45,000-a-week Chelsea right-back

Chelsea have reportedly placed a £23m price tag on the head of Davide Zappacosta with Frank Lampard set to sell the 27-year-old right-back before the European transfer window closes. Davide signed a four-year deal at London club after completing a €28m move from Torino in the summer of 2017.

Zappacosta made 35 appearances for the Blues during his first campaign at the club, but his influence waned last year under Maurizio Sarri. Italian defender should change the working place if he wants to get regular game time. He has contracted with the London club until 2021 and his release clause is around €20m.

New coach Lampard also appears to have reservations over Italy international, with reports claiming he will favour academy graduate Reece James as cover for Cesar Azpilicueta at right-back this campaign. Davide also named in the national team squad several times which is already a big success for the footballer.

As such, Frank deems Italian defender as surplus to requirements and is willing to sanction his departure this month, with Roma keen to strike a deal. Giallorossi have expressed interest in signing Davide, but they are being put off by Blues £23m valuation. Due to the price, it is claimed Italian club may seek a loan-to-buy deal.

London club are also open to offers for French midfielder Tiemoue Bakayoko. Chelsea signed Christian Pulisic from Borussia Dortmund and Mateo Kovacic from Real Madrid. English club are unable to sign new footballers until next summer due to a transfer ban. So Frank Lampard has to use existing resource during this campaign.