Serie A giants almost finished talks with €20m-rated Chelsea defender

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. 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.

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. English manager suffered a 4-0 defeat to Man United in his first Premier League game in charge of Chelsea and will be hoping for a response on Sunday when Leicester City travel to Stamford Bridge.

London club look ready to be without Andreas Christensen this weekend after the centre-back limped off during the midweek Super Cup defeat to Liverpool. Antonio Rudiger and Willian could both return after knee injuries, however, as Chelsea look for their first points of the 2019-20 campaign.