AS Roma are working with Chelsea to secure an extension to Davide Zappacosta’s loan deal and could try to sign him for a second year.
That’s according to Corriere dello Sport, who cover the future of the on-loan right back in their newspaper today.
They explain that the defender’s deal with the club, who he joined on loan for the season last summer, is set to expire on June 30th.
However, FIFA are set to introduce new rules that will allow loan deals and contracts to be extended up until the end of the season, which will run beyond the end of June.
Agreements have to be made between both clubs, though, and Roma are working on this with Chelsea, but there is a possibility they will also try to negotiate for a second loan deal.
Zappacosta was signed to be the Serie A side’s first-choice right-back this season, but a cruciate ligament rupture suffered early in the campaign has seen him miss most of it.
They remain keen on him despite that, and the loan ‘could be renewed’ for a second season is sporting director Gianluca Petrachi can find an agreement with Chelsea for it to happen.
At the moment those chances are quite low with it explained that Zappacosta, who is one of four players on loan at the club, has ‘lower hopes’ of being held onto beyond this summer.
Nonetheless, the intention is there should there be a willingness to sanction it from Chelsea’s side.
However, it is made clear Petrachi is on the lookout for another right-back regardless, indicating Zappacosta may be in for a fight should he end up extending his stay.