Chelsea ready to listen offers for out-of-favour pacy defender

Chelsea will look to offload Italian defender Davide Zappacosta even after the Premier League transfer window has closed with English boss, Frank Lampard keen to make Reece James the club’s second choice full-back.

Zappacosta joined the West London club, while Antonio Conte was still in charge, however, failed to secure place at the wing-back Victor Moses and then Cesar Azpilicueta where both ahead of him in the pecking order even after the arrival of Maurizio Sarri.

According to, the Blues expect to receive offers for the Italian full-back from Serie A outfits – where the window is open 10 days longer and they are happy to see Zappacosta departing from the Stamford Bridge ahead of the next season.

Lampard has already decided that he wants James, as the second choice right-back for the new season as he sees him as an ideal back-up option for Cesar Azpilicuetta.

The new Chelsea head-coach is keen to keep the pathway to the first team open for the yungsters, with Zappacosta – whose game time will be even more bee shrunk – the big casualty of that decision.

Lampard is a huge fan of James even though he has not had the chance to see him at the pre-season, with the 19-year-old still has been on the sidelines due to ankle ligament injury.

It is hoped that he will be back in full training by the end of August, by which point Chelsea will hope to have already offloaded Zappacosta.

Chelsea’s focus under Lampard will instead see the introduction of more of their youth player, who were given precious little opportunity under previous head-coaches, and the versatile James expected to have an important role for the Blues next season.