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Four-year contract agreed: Chelsea have agreed terms to sign Antonio Conte's fifth summer signing


Chelsea have reached an agreement with Torino for defender Davide Zappacosta.

The defender will become Antonio Conte's fifth summer signing and will sign a four-year contract with the club according to Sky Sport Italy.

The Blues will pay £23million plus bonuses for the former Atalanta man.

Meanwhile, BT Sport pundit James Horncastle says the signing of the 25-year-old seems like a panic buy by the London club.

"Conte was the first manager to call Zappacosta up to the Italy squad," he said.

"He's a wing-back but has lost his place at Torino in the last season because the manager has gone to a back four. He's a little bit too attacking to play as a normal full-back.

"But he's still someone who is trusted not only by Antonio Conte but also Italy's current manager Gian Piero Ventura. He likes to play with a 3-5-2 formation.

"This time last year on deadline day when Chelsea signed Marcos Alonso I was more positive on that than a lot of other people.

"It was clear Alonso had had a very good season for Fiorentina and really fitted the brief of what Antonio Conte wanted.

"Zappacosta is an OK player but for €25m[£23million], Torino to some extent are laughing all the way to the bank.

"To get that kind of price for a player who isn't a starter for them is pretty damn good."

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