Ox failure prompts Chelsea to strike €25m deal for Italy star

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The Italy global emerged as a surprise target for the Blues on transfer deadline day, with Goal confirming Antonio Conte's interest.

Those formalities have been concluded as Chelsea announced on Chelseafc.com a short time ago that Zappacosta has joined the clubs on a four-year contract.

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

Drinkwater played a big role in Leicester's incredible title-winning campaign of 2015/16.

Chelsea have agreed a €25 million deal to sign Torino defender Davide Zappacosta, sources in Italy have told ESPN FC.

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Zappacosta becomes the fifth new addition for the Blues after Alvaro Morata, Tiemoue Bakayoko, Antonio Rudiger and Willy Caballero. While the deal was late, it was clear that the signing was a choice of Conte's and Chelsea get a natural right-sided defender that can contribute going forward. He has signed a four-year deal with Chelsea, according to the club's website. I am very excited to be here and start working with the team.

The Italian global, who joined Torino from Atalanta two years ago, made 52 appearances, enough to catch Conte's eye.

"I hope I can show my quality to the coach, my team-mates and the supporters", said Zappacosta.

The full-back joined Torino from Atalanta in 2015 and made 29 Serie A appearances last season.