Chelsea have announced the signing of full-back Davide Zappacosta on a four-year deal from Italian club Torino according to The Blues’ official website.

The 25-year-old Sora born defender is believed to have joined The Blues in a deal reportedly worth around £25 million with the move only being finalised within minutes of the closure of the summer transfer window.

Chelsea manager Antonio Conte has been searching for competition at full-back for virtually the entire transfer window and the Italian has had to be extremely patient in bringing the right player to Stamford Bridge.

Italian international defender Zappacosta started his career in the fourth division in his homeland with minnows Isola Liri. A spell with Atalanta followed while the player was also loaned to Avellino who he eventually joined on a co-ownership basis in 2012.

In July 2015, Zappacosta joined Torino and the player went on to make 58 appearances for The Maroons, scoring two goals.

Chelsea manager Conte handed the player his first full international call-up to the Italian national side in May 2016 and Zappacosta has been involved with the Azzurri ever since that first recognition.

The prospect of working with his former national boss at Stamford Bridge has proved to be too much to turn down and Zappacosta will now push for a starting place for the match against Leicester City on 9 September.

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