Chelsea transfer news: Davide Zappacosta could be loaned out to ensure Reece James breakthrough

24 Jul

Reece James’ chances of breaking into the Chelsea first-team hinge on whether the club decide to loan out Davide Zappacosta.

James, 19, enjoyed an outstanding 2018/19 season on loan at Wigan as they successfully fought off relegation from the Championship.

James is regarded as one of the brightest talents in Chelsea’s academy
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His performances caught the eye and many feel he is destined to be part of Chelsea’s senior set-up sooner rather than later, and the club want him to be the main back-up to club captain and current right-back Cesar Azpilicueta this season, the Evening Standard reports.

The versatile teenager is currently sidelined after sustaining an ankle injury on England Under-20 duty at the beginning of June, which has forced Frank Lampard to utilise Zappacosta so much throughout pre-season.

The Italy international has two-and-a-half years remaining on his Chelsea contract, but has struggled to hold down a regular place in the team since his £23million move from Torino in 2017.

He has been linked with a return to Serie A, with both Roma and Lazio said to be interested in him.

Zappacosta has struggled for game time since moving to Chelsea
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Chelsea plan to hand a new contract to James as they look to build their squad around a core of academy youngsters.

They have already handed out fresh deals to Mason Mount and Ruben Loftus-Cheek since Lampard took over as manager, while Callum Hudson-Odoi will also put pen to paper on a contract extension before the start of the campaign.

Following On cricket podcast: England v West Indies: 2nd T20

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Join Andrew Mckenna and Alex Tudor as they are joined by key players from both teams for the recap of the second T20 match.

England put on an incredible performance winning by 137 runs, earning them a series win with a game to spare!

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The ODIs have wrapped up and the teams have finished with two wins each. Darren Gough and Mark Nicholas bring you all the latest in the aftermath of the fifth and final ODI.

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Following On cricket podcast: Root and rum punch

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There an interview from Goughie with England batsman Joe Root, while Roger Augustine from Grenada Tourism Authority tells us what makes the island so special.

Following On cricket podcast: Discussing dream teams in the drizzle

26 Feb

Today a damp Darren Gough, Mark Nicholas and Gareth Batty decide on a dream England ODI XI – but do you agree with the selection?

The team also chat to Trevor Bayliss to discuss what needs to be done for England to win the biggest prize of all – the World Cup.