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Atalanta begin loan talks for Chelsea full-back

Serie A side Atalanta have begun talks with Chelsea over a loan move for their former player Davide Zappacosta.

The right-back joined Chelsea in 2017 from Torino, but his time in West London has been plagued by injury, and he has not played for them for well over a year.

He spent last season on loan at Roma, but injury again restricted his playing time with them, and he made just 9 Serie A appearances in all.

He is now well down the pecking order at Stamford Bridge, and Chelsea would prefer a permanent deal for somebody they paid €28 million (£25 million) for plus bonuses.

However, with few willing buyers, they may have to settle for a loan move instead and getting his wages off their books.

Atalanta were linked with a move for Roma defender Rick Harsdorp, but that has now fallen through over the demands of the player’s agent for commissions.

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