Serie A giants will sign £22.5 signing on loan for rest of season from Chelsea

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)

Chelsea full-back Davide Zappacosta is set to join SS Lazio on loan until the end of the campaign, with the option to make the move permanent in the summer transfer market, the reports say.

According to a daily tabloid newspaper The Daily Express, who cite reports emerging in Italy, the Blues have accepted a loan offer, with a £13.5m option to buy.

Zappacosta was purchased as back-up to Victor Moses under Italian manager Antonio Conte but has found himself out of favour under Conte’s compatriot Maurizio Sarri.

Spanish defender Cesar Azpilicueta is his preferred choice in the right-back position, so the one-time Torino man has found himself with limited game time.

He has started each of the Blues’ Europa League games but has played just 18 minutes in England’s top tier so far this season. The 26-year-old star made 44 appearances for Chelsea, netting on two occasions.

With Davide set to leave, this move could free up space in the team for Chelsea to make a move for Serie A giants Napoli full-back Elseid Hysaj, who has been strongly linked with a move to London since Italian tactician’s arrival.