OFFICIAL: Chelsea star joins AS Roma on loan

Chelsea may be barred from signing players after a transfer ban was imposed on them, but they could be running short on players after another star left the club.

AS Roma have confirmed that they have signed Chelsea defender Davide Zappacosta on a loan deal. The Italian was surplus to requirements at the Blues.

Considering the fact that so much has been done already, this deal was clearly in the works for a while, though it does seem odd that Chelsea were willing to part ways with another player despite being unable to sign any of their own.

The above tweet from Chelsea suggests that Zappacosta will make his way back to the London club soon, but a loan spell till January means they could be left light at the back.

Chelsea were hammered 4-0 against Manchester United, and are yet to keep a clean sheet under new boss Frank Lampard.