Chelsea offered chance to sign Duván Zapata
The Daily Mail is today reporting that Chelsea have been offered the chance to sign Sampdoria forward, Duván Zapata.
Zapata began his career in Columbia with CD América for whom he played 44 games for, in which he scored 19 and assisted one.
The Columbian then moved to Argentinean side Club Estudiantes. He played 33 games for them and would score seven and assist two in that period.
Napoli would then sign Zapata in 2013 for a fee in the region of £6.72 million. Zapata played a total of 54 games, in which he scored 15 and assisted five.
Zapata would then be loaned out to both Udinese and Sampdoria for whom he would score 19 and 11 goals respectably.
Sampdoria did take up an option to buy Zapata at the end of the 2017/18 season for £15.3 million.
However, Sampdoria are willing to listen to offers for Zapata and Chelsea are reportedly thinking about signing the Columbian.
Given Chelsea’s current managerial situation, you might not expect them to be signing anyone until they have a clear idea of who their manager will be for the 2018/19 season.
It’s well known that Antonio Conte is very likely to leave Stamford Bridge this summer.
However, Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich is reluctant to sack Conte, as that will involve a £9m payoff for the last year of his contract.
Maurizio Sarri is the favourite to become the next Chelsea boss. But even though Sarri has already left Napoli and has been replaced by Carlo Ancelotti, Chelsea would still have to pay Napoli around £4.5 million in compensation for Sarri.
As a result, it doesn’t look like Chelsea’s managerial crisis will be resolved anytime soon. But that has not stopped Chelsea’s recruitment team eyeing Zapata as a potential target this summer.
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July 10, 2018 at 01:01PM