OFFICIAL: Chelsea Land Torino Star On Deadline Day

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Premier League club Chelsea had a busy transfer deadline day, as manager Antonio Conte upped the ante and secured defender Davide Zappacosta after missing out on several other targets.

The Torino full-back came in as a surprise interest, after Chelsea missed out on Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain despite agreeing on a fee, as the player opted for Liverpool.

The £23m-worth  signing has agreed on a 4-year deal with the Blues, after having played 58 games in the Serie A over two seasons for the Italian club. Conte knows the player well, and expects him to be a solid cover for Victor Moses.

Chelsea manager Antonio Conte during the press conference.

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The former Atalanta player comes to London after the club let go of several defenders, either on loan or permanently. His versatility and prowess in crossing will be of immense help to Conte.

Upon the completion of the transfer, the player told Chelsea’s official website: “It is a dream for me to join Chelsea and play in the Premier League. I am very excited to be here and start working with the team. I hope I can show my quality to the coach, my team-mates and the supporters.”

The 25-year-old Italian will hope to prove his mettle in the Premier League, despite not being a marquee signing for the reigning Champions.

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Written by Rajdeep Saha 

Sports journalist with stints across print, digital and television. Contribution to each medium has been thrilling. Experienced in writing for this passionate game called football. Journalist by choice and passion.


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