Bid agreed- Chelsea to use the sale of one player to fund another key transfer

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Lazio have had a £13million bid for Chelsea full-back Davide Zappacosta accepted, according to the Sun

The 26-year-old right back moved to Stamford Bridge from Torino 18 months ago – for a reported £23m – but could now be set to return to Serie A.

Zappacosta has two-and-a-half years remaining on his Chelsea contract but has struggled to hold down a regular place in the team under Maurizio Sarri.

He has played 10 times for the Blues this season, and has featured for only 18 minutes in the Premier League.

The Italy international, who has 13 caps for the Azzurri, has been kept out of the team by Cesar Azpilicueta following Sarri’s decision to revert to a four-man defence at Chelsea.

Meanwhile, Sarri wants to use that to fund a move for Albania international Hysaj, who he worked with in Naples.

The Serie A giants were furious that Jorginho left in conjunction with Sarri for Chelsea last summer and are unlikely to make it easy for the Blues to sign the 24-year-old.

Chelsea will be aided by the fact that Hysaj has resisted signing a new deal at Napoli and the Italians are fearful that he will run his contract down, which expires in 2021.


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