West Ham face growing competition to land Atalanta striker Duvan Zapata this summer. According to Tutto Mercato Web, Chelsea are now in the race for Zapata.

Chelsea currently have a transfer ban for the summer but have launched an appeal to get that overturned.

If their appeal is successful and the transfer ban is lifted, then Chelsea will press ahead with their attempts to sign Atalanta star Zapata.

Who is Duvan Zapata?

Duvan Zapata plays for Atalanta and Colombia. (Photo credit: KAZUHIRO NOGI/AFP/Getty Images)

West Ham’s interest in Zapata dates back to summer 2013 when his move to East London fell through due to work permit issues (The Guardian).

Since then, the Colombia international has plied his trade for a number of different Italian clubs, such as Napoli, Udinese and Sampdoria.

This season, Zapata is enjoying his best goalscoring campaign to date. He has netted 25 goals, including 20 Serie A goals, for Atalanta this term.

The Duvan Zapata chase

West Ham face competition for Duvan Zapata. (Photo by Alessandro Sabattini/Getty Images)

Various media outlets, such as Gianluca Di Marzio, reports West Ham’s interest in Zapata.

West Ham face competition from Inter Milan and Chelsea for the 28-year-old, according to this report from Tutto Mercato Web.

And Tutto Mercato Web also adds that Zapata was the subject of a €35m (just over £30m) bid from the Hammers in January.

Atalanta will reportedly ask for €50m (around £43m) if they are to let Zapata leave in the summer.

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