Serie A giants As Roma are planning to make a bid for defending Premier League champions Chelsea full-back Davide Zappacosta, according to

Italy international right-back has only signed for Chelsea earlier in the summer for an initial £22.5m, however, Roma are desperately looking for defensive reinforcements and Zappacosta has been on top of their wishlist.

Roma are looking a cover for full-back Rick Karsdorp who was signed from Dutch giants Feyenoord for £12.6m during the summer, however, he sustained a serious knee injury on his debut in Italy.

Football Italia report that Roma’s sporting director Monchi is drawing up a list of transfer targets for the January transfer window to improve their options at right back.

The shortlist reportedly includes Barcelona’s Aleix Vidal, Atletico Madrid’s Sime Vrsajlko, Manchester United’s Matteo Darmian and Zappacosta. Among the four options, the Blues defender is seen as the least likely.

Not only has the Italian international just moved to London, he has started the last two league games against Bournemouth and Manchester United, helping to keep clean sheets in both games.