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Chelsea news round-up: Genoa medical for Zappacosta, Drinkwater future, Gallagher joins West Brom

Chelsea right-back one step away from joining Serie A club

Chelsea full-back Davide Zappacosta is rapidly closing in on a transfer to Serie A side Genoa.

Genoa want to snap up Davide and have hit the accelerator in an attempt to land him quickly.

They’re now close to securing the player on a season-long loan deal, according to an Italian outlet Tutto Mercato.

It is claimed that Davide, who spent last campaign on loan in Italy with Paulo Fonseca’s Roma, is set to undergo his medical checks with the club soon.

If the Italian comes through the medical check with no issues, he’ll then put pen to paper to a loan deal at the Serie A club.

Soon-to-be his new club finished just one place above the drop zone in the top-flight last season and conceded a whopping 73 goals in their 38 games.

The 28-year-old saw his stint at Roma interrupted by a serious injury, restricting his appearances in Serie A for I Giallorossi to just nine.

The former Atalanta and Torino star has a further two years left to run on his current contract at Chelsea.

Meanwhile, according to The Independent, West Ham’s Declan Rice could attempt to force a move to Chelsea over the next few weeks in spite of having a contract at the London Stadium until June 2024.

The report states that the 21-year-old ace is currently deciding his best course of action and could force his side’s hand by signalling a desire to leave.

Rice was released from the Blues academy at the age of 14 after seven years with the Stamford Bridge outfit.

Forgotten Chelsea man could move to Serie A this transfer market

Chelsea misfit Danny Drinkwater has been offered the opportunity to reunite with Claudio Ranieri at Sampdoria, according to the latest reports.

He has endured some troubled times in the latest months, having been caught drink driving and headbutting a teammate while on loan at Premier League side Aston Villa, among other incidents.

On the pitch, action has been rare. Danny made just six appearances last campaign across loan spells with Burnley and Aston Villa. The star failed to feature in the league at all in his last full term at Chelsea.

The Englishman has looked a shadow of the player that rose to prominence with Leicester between 2012 and 2017. But now, the star could reunite with the chief that got the best out of him at the King Power Stadium.

According to Il Secolo XIX, an intermediary has offered Danny to Sampdoria. The Italian side are currently managed by Claudio Ranieri, under whom Danny became a Premier League champion with Leicester.

He took over at Sampdoria towards the start of last campaign, helping them avoid relegation. This will be his first full season in charge, and he wants to strengthen his midfield.

Drinkwater made 67 appearances under Claudio at Leicester – with only Nigel Pearson having used him in more matches.

And with the midfielder hoping to quit Chelsea – either on loan again or via a permanent deal – a reunion could be on the cards.

However, the report also claims that Ranieri is unsure about the potential deal. He may prefer to target another Leicester star, Adrien Silva, instead.

Ranieri had already left the Foxes by the time they signed Silva in 2018 but does admire the star. However, Samp would have to make sales first.

West Brom seal loan signing of 20-year-old Chelsea midfielder

Chelsea youngster Conor Gallagher has joined West Bromwich Albion on a season-long loan after signing a fresh long-term deal at Stamford Bridge.

The England youth international arrived at the club’s training ground on Thursday morning and could make his debut when they visit Carlo Ancelotti’s Everton on Saturday.

He had appeared set to join Crystal Palace earlier in September, only for Roy Hodgson to sign Chelsea’s Michy Batshuayi instead on a season-long loan.

“There was a lot of interest from the Premier League, which is where I wanted to play this season, but this is where I want to be,” said Conor.

“West Brom stood out to me because of the way they played last season. I played against them two or three times and I liked how they approached the game.

“I felt that it would suit me and it would be best for my development. I felt it could help me become the player I want to be and I’m pleased to get this agreement sorted.”

The 20-year-old midfielder, who is yet to make a first-team appearance for the Blues, scored six goals in 25 league appearances during the first half of last campaign at Charlton.

He was then recalled before he signed for Swansea City on loan and went on to help them reach the EFL Championship play-off semi-final.

In other news, the versatile West Ham United midfielder Declan Rice is reportedly considering pushing for a transfer to Chelsea.

Blues manager Frank Lampard is said to be determined to bring the star back to Stamford Bridge before this summer’s transfer market closes on October 5.