Steven Gerrard: What I like about Chelsea signing
The Liverpool legend talks up Chelsea signing Davide Zappacosta following his impressive Champions League debut
Steven Gerrard has issued his backing for Chelsea signing Davide Zappacosta.
The Premier League champions spent most of the summer transfer window chasing Juventus left-back Alex Sandro.
However, the Italian title holders refused to sell the Brazil international to the Premier League champions despite offers in excess of £52m.
The Blues were also linked with a move to sign Tottenham Hotspur’s England international Danny Rose but a deal failed to materialise.
The defending champions rushed a deal to sign Torino full-back Zappacosta over the line on transfer deadline to strengthen their wing-back options.
The 24-year-old made his Premier League debut as a second-half substitute in Chelsea’s 2-1 win at Leicester City at the weekend.
And Zappacosta opened his Chelsea goal account with a stunning effort in the west London side’s 6-0 victory over Qarabag in their Champions League opener on Tuesday night.
Former Liverpool captain Gerrard was impressed with the Italian defender’s movement throughout the Champions League clash.
“He looks a very impressive runner. He looks like a proper athlete,” Gerrard told BT Sport.
Chelsea won the Premier League title with two games to spare last season thanks in part to the performances of their wing-backs Marcos Alonso and Victor Moses.