Chelsea manager Antonio Conte is reportedly still not happy with the club’s transfer dealings, despite Chelsea bringing in Torino defender Davide Zappacosta. The right back, who is expected to provide competition for Victor Moses in the right wing back position, has been signed for £ 23 million.
Danny Drinkwater has also been brought in as the defensive midfield option from Leicester City for around £ 35 million. Sky Italia have claimed that Conte was extremely unhappy with the transfer business of the reigning Premier league champions. He has also voiced those opinions publicly by saying that Chelsea need at least four or five new players in order to compete on all four fronts.
Last season, the club were able to get away with a small squad due to the lack of European football. This time around, Conte has a much bigger challenge ahead of him. Davide Zappacosta happens to be a reasonably good player who has plenty of energy and technique. More importantly, he is an extremely versatile asset who is capable of playing on the left or right side of the defence. As a result, Conte will be reasonably pleased to have an option if Marcos Alonso or Victor Moses are unavailable for some reason. Even after the two signings, Conte may reflect poorly on the several missed opportunities over the summer.
“It has come as a surprise to us. We did not know before yesterday. It’s 25m euros plus bonuses for the player. He can play on both the right and the left. He has energy, great technique and is a good player. Antonio Conte wasn’t very happy before today, maybe Zappacosta is a little sugar for him. He wanted a different transfer window. Conte wanted more players and asked the owners,” said Sky Italia’s Baiocchini. Conte won the league title in his first season at the club.