There appears to be a bit of a seesaw going on at Roma when it comes to the future of Davide Zappacosta.
The Chelsea defender was sent on loan to the Serie A club at the beginning of the season, but was unfortunately struck down by two successive injuries, the latter of which was a cruciate ligament rupture that has kept him out for most of the season.
Despite this, there is a good feeling about him returning and potentially playing a part in the back end of the campaign, with some reports even claiming Paulo Fonseca sees him as the ‘starting right-back’ when fit.
However, there’s also the issue that Roma have a number of players who can play at the position, like Davide Santon and Bruno Peres, as well as potentially Alessandro Florenzi should he return from his loan to Valencia.
That means a decision will have to be made at the end of the season, and Corriere dello Sport explain Roma will ‘value the purchase from Chelsea, which, at the moment, seems very difficult’.
There has been previous talk of the Serie A club potentially asking the Blues to simply extend the loan deal by another year, and those same reports hinted the Stamford Bridge side could be open to that idea.
We’ll have to wait and see, but if the full purchase isn’t an option, then the loan extension could very well be a useful middle ground, depending on what happens to the other players capable of playing in the role.