Chelsea confirmed on Tuesday afternoon that Davide Zappacosta had departed the club to join Atalanta on a permanent deal.
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His return to Italy ends a four-year association with the Blues, who he joined from Torino after loan spells in Serie A with Roma and Genoa.
Chelsea have recouped €10 million (£8.5 million) for the Italian’s services, bringing their summer transfer income well over £100 million, according to football.london, with the Blues negotiating with a number of Serie A clubs during the window.
Former Blues midfielder Zappacosta is the latest in a long line of players to switch to the Italian top division from the Premier League.
In fact, Chelsea have managed to earn over £65m this summer from deals that sawFikayo Tomori and Olivier Giroud move to AC Milan, whilst Tammy Abraham has left for AS Roma in a £34m deal.
Those fees have also been added to with the sales of a number of academy prospects this summer.
Marc Guehi earned the Blues the most considerable amount with his £18m move to Premier League rivals Crystal Palace, with Academy Player of the Season Tino Livramento moving to Southampton in a £5million transfer.
The deals did not just end there though. The likes of Lewis Bate, Dynel Simeu, Myles Peart-Harris and Pierre Ekwah have also bagged the reigning Champions League winners modest fees to add to their transfer funds this summer.
Meanwhile, Chelsea have also managed to secure loan fees for the likes of Emerson Palmieri, Kenedy and Michy Batshuayi – thought to be in the total region of £1m, according to transfermarkt.
With Victor Moses having also had his £4.5million switch to Spartak Moscow confirmed earlier this summer, it all means that Chelsea have earned approximately £103million throughout the window.
The departures are not likely to end there though, with Kurt Zouma being strongly linked with West Ham United, and a number of fringe players still to move on from Thomas Tuchel’s squad.
Of course, Chelsea have already invested their earnings in emphatic style this summer by securing the club record signing of Romelu Lukaku for £97.5million.