Defender talks about his transfer to Serie A club from Chelsea
Stuck at Chelsea for some time, the Italian star Davide Zappacosta managed to get his career back on track with a temporary move to Genoa last season.
His showings with the Serie A club were enough to help his stock in his country, to the point where Atalanta were keen on a permanent transfer, which went through last August.
The Bergamo outfit paid Chelsea around £8 million for the 29-year-old defender, who signed a four-year deal with his former club, having previously played for La Dea between 2011 and 2015.
He is thrilled at the move, one Davide wanted from June onwards, saying as much to an Italian daily newspaper L’Eco di Bergamo, cited by Fiorentina Uno.
Zappacosta said: “After Genoa-Atalanta last May, I had spoken with the president and he had told me that, in case of a possibility, he would gladly take me to Bergamo.
“In June, I told my agent that, in the event of multiple offers, Atalanta would be my priority. I chose them for a number of factors”.
He goes onto explain that Gian Piero Gasperini’s style of play intrigued him and that he does not think Fiorentina, whom he rejected to return to his new club, will be bitter about the decision.
Either way, by switching to Bergamo, Davide put an end to a four-year stay with the Blues at Stamford Bridge, for whom he only featured 52 times, netting two goals and assisting another four.
Former Liverpool man sends message to No.11 attacker over Chelsea future
Glen Johnson thinks that under fire forward Timo Werner has to change position in order to save his Chelsea career following the signing of Romelu Lukaku earlier this summer.
Timo netted just six goals in 35 matches in his first season in the Premier League and has only started once for the Blues thus far this term.
The arrival of Romelu for a club-record fee from Italian club Inter sparked rumours that Timo could leave the club in a bid for more playing time.
Johnson believes that the star still has a future at Chelsea, but may have to look at playing on the flank in order to cement a spot in the senior team.
‘It’s clear that Timo Werner hasn’t performed to the standard we all know he’s capable of, but he wasn’t brought in to play as an out and out striker. Romelu Lukaku hasn’t come in to replace Werner within the squad,’ Glen told BonusCodeBets.
‘Chelsea are most effective playing dynamic football with a big, less mobile striker and two whippets playing off the forward. Werner can still play a big part, but his performances must improve.
‘Timo has a future at Chelsea, but playing on the wing is his only option, and even then, Kai Havertz, Hakim Ziyech and Christian Pulisic all start ahead of him based on what we’ve seen so far.
‘Although, things change very quickly in football, it only takes an injury for Timo to get another chance, and if he hits the ground running, he can re-establish himself in the side.’
Chelsea target 30-year-old Napoli and Senegal central defender
Chelsea could allegedly move for Napoli centre-half Kalidou Koulibaly during the January transfer market.
The Blues were strongly linked with Sevilla’s France international Jules Kounde over the summer’s transfer window but were unable to seal a deal for the central defender before the window slammed shut.
The Premier League giants could enter the January transfer market for a new player at the back, and according to a recent report from football.london, Kalidou may be a potential option for Thomas Tuchel’s side.
The 30-year-old was mentioned with a move away from the Serie A giants over the summer, but the transfer market closed with the Senegalese still in Italy.
Kalidou’s future remains the subject of much talk, though, as his existing deal will be no longer valid in July 2023, and Napoli are said to be open to a sale.
The former Metz ace has made two appearances for Chelsea this season, while the player has represented the Partenopei on 285 occasions since arriving from the Jupiler Pro League side Genk seven years ago.
Elsewhere, in a bid to secure senior team football this campaign, Chelsea midfielder Ruben Loftus-Cheek was reportedly offered to West Ham United on transfer deadline day.
However, the Hammers decided against the move and instead purchased 23-year-old central midfielder Alex Kral from the Russian outfit Spartak Moscow on a season-long loan.