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Lazio identify alternative to Chelsea defender but remain keen on January deal

By Luke Osman Lazio remain keen to sign Davide Zappacosta from Chelsea but are making contingency plans should their pursuit of the wing-back fall through. It is claimed by Corriere dello Sport, as cited in a report from Calciomercato, that the Italian international is still a target for the Serie A side, who are keen to strengthen their options on the flanks this month. The 26-year-old has been lined up for a return to his homeland but if Lazio are unable to lure him away from the Blues, Sporting CP defender Stefan Ristovski will reportedly be targeted. Zappacosta has found regular game time hard to come by under Maurizio Sarri at Stamford Bridge this season and has been generally limited to appearances in cup competitions. This has prompted speculation linking him with a move away from West London, with Lazio noted as potential suitors. It was reported earlier in January that Simone Inzaghi’s side had already reached advanced negotiations over a deal to sign the former Torino star from Chelsea. However, it seems there is still work to be done on both sides as Zappacosta’s future continues to come under scrutiny. The post Lazio identify Zappacosta alternative appeared first on <a target="_blank" …read more

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