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

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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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