Davide Zappacosta cannot wait to prove himself to Antonio Conte and the Chelsea fans after completing a late deadline day transfer move from Torino worth almost £27million.
The Blues will pay an initial £23million, with a potential further £3.6m in add-ons, for the 25-year-old Italy wing-back after landing him late on Thursday night.
Chelsea endured a frustrating deadline day as they missed out on the likes of Ross Barkley and Fernando Llorente, but the deal represents a bonus for Antonio Conte given that the coach had been looking for a fresh face to compete with Victor Moses at right wing-back.
Zappacosta told the club’s website: “It is a dream for me to join Chelsea and play in the Premier League.
“I am very excited to be here and start working with the team.
“I hope I can show my quality to the coach, my team-mates and the supporters.”
The club’s technical director, Michael Emenalo, said of the deal: “Davide is a player of international calibre who Antonio Conte knows well and we have been aware of for some time.
“We are very pleased to be able to bring him to the club and believe he will become an important member of the squad.”