Blues secure Zappacosta signing

31 August 2017 19:18:52 EST

Chelsea have signed Torino right-back Davide Zappacosta on a deal worth £23m, but the Blues sensationally missed out on Everton's Ross Barkley.

Zappacosta, 25, signed a four-year contract to move to Stamford Bridge, where he will work under manager Antonio Conte for the second time in his career, his new boss having brought him into the Italian national squad in 2016.

He has since gone on to make four international appearances for his country. He joined Torino from Atalanta in 2015, and has featured in 58 Serie A games since.

England midfielder Barkley briefly seemed destined to become the headline arrival at Chelsea late on deadline day.

Chelsea had agreed to pay the Toffees a fee in excess of £30m for Barkley, who had been told in July by Ronald Koeman that he had no future on Merseyside, but the player is reported to have had a change of heart at the last minute and pulled out of the move to London.

Chelsea and Leicester City meanwhile are said to be working frantically on a last-minute deal to bring Danny Drinkwater to Stamford Bridge.

The Foxes have applied to the Premier League for an extension as they attempt to bring Adrien Silva in from Sporting Lisbon before allowing Drinkwater to sign for the Premier League champions.

Chelsea are 80/1 to win the title again this season.

The Blues head for Leicester in their next game on 9th September and are 1/1 to win at the King Power Stadium, with the home side 1/1 and the draw 1/1.

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