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Davide Zappacosta could be next target

As the Viola remake their backline, a proven rightback remains the only piece lacking. Enter Zappacosta, stage right.

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After bringing in Kevin Diks, Sebastien de Maio, and Carlos Salcedo, one might have thought that Pantaleo Corvino had finished reshaping the Fiorentina defense. If reports from La Stampa can be believed, though (and that's always a bit iffy), the Corvine One is looking to make one last addition to the club, and that addition is Torino rightback Davide Zappacosta.

Zappacosta is a pacey, adventurous rightback, as you might expect from the 7 he wears on his shirt. He plays as a wingback in Torino's 3-5-2, but can also drop into a 4-man backline. He made 25 appearances for Torino last year, tallying a goal, an assist, and 3 yellow cards. A livewire dribbler who's got a good helping of technique, his end product remains a bit iffy and his defense can be a bit suspect, but he's basically the template for a modern wingback. It's been quite the meteoric rise for him these past two years, as Atalanta bought him from Avellino in 2014. After an impressive season for la Dea, Toro bought him for €4.3 million. A year later, they're demanding anywhere between €8 million and €16 million for the 24 year old's services.

There's been talk of Fiorentina's interest in Zappacosta all summer, but he was initially deemed to be out of the Viola price range. More recently, it seemed possible that he'd swap squads with Nenad Tomovic, who's coveted by his countryman Sinisa Mihajlovic, but the Serbian scuppered any exchange by declaring his desire to stay in Florence. Now, however, Zappacosta has requested a move away, listing Fiorentina, Sassuolo, and Sunderland as his preferred destinations. With all of Corvino's recent defensive signings, it's a bit farfetched that he'd add another, but it's equally unlikely that he'd turn down a chance to give the Viola their first top-notch rightback since Tomas Ujfalusi left town.