Chelsea £18m-rated wing-back reportedly targeted by Italian giants

Davide Zappacosta of Chelsea during the UEFA Champions League match between Chelsea v AS Roma at Stamford Bridge Stadium, London, United Kingdom on 18 October 2017. (Photo by Giuseppe Maffia/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

The 26-year-old Chelsea defender Davide Zappacosta is being connected with a swift return to Serie A with reports stating that the Italian giants Inter are considering a summer swoop for the player.

The Italian sport newspaper Tuttosport, as quoted by football.london, state that Nerazzurri are keen to bring the full-back back to Serie A.

The report states that a season-long loan deal with an option to buy the Italy international could be on the cards. The San Siro outfit are planning to strengthen their defensive options following their return to the Champions League.

The Blues themselves are interested to not lose money on the player who joined for £23 million throughout the January transfer window.

After joining from Turin-based side Torino, Zappacosta made an immediate impact with a spectacular goal in the Champions League against Qarabag FK but has failed to make a notable impact since.

Antonio Conte often opted to use Nigeria international Victor Moses on the right-flank side of his back five, meaning playing time was few and far between for the Italian wing-back.

This season, in all competitions, Davide Zappacosta has made 38 appearances, netted two goals and provided two assists.