According to Italian publication Calciomercato, Chelsea have reignited their interest in Napoli defender Elseid Hysaj. The West London outfit has been keen on securing the service the Albanian international in the summer transfer window before Maurizio Sarri’s attempts at a reunion were thwarted.
Hysaj has been one of the solid pillars of Gli Azzurri defence that has turned into a force to be reckoned with lately. Under the tutelage of Maurizio Sarri, the 24-year-old quickly settled himself as a standout amongst one of the best right back in the Italian top flight and has held his status as a regular under Carlo Ancelotti.
However, the 24-year old has made 14 appearances for Napoli this season, despite the fact that his future at San Paolo remains a reason for concern. The player is yet to pen a new deal with the Partenopei, who have been in negotiation with him for the better part of 2018. This circumstance has ignited the interest of Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri.
The Blues had been vigorously linked with a move for Hysaj this past summer, but Napoli were quick to thump back Chelsea’s offers and block Sarri’s efforts to swoop any of their players from San Paolo.
With Cesar Azpilicueta who has not been at his best this season and also struggling to adapt to Sarri’s system and with the arrival of Davide Zappacosta who was seen as capable reinforcement, but the former Torino defender is being linked with a move away from Stamford Bridge attributable to a lack of game time.
Chelsea has entered the market for a right-back, with Hysaj justifiably being an appealing target. First of all, the Albanian defender is conscious of Sarri’s and should in this manner, take lesser time than expected to adjust to his new environment.
Furthermore, with his greatest years still ahead of him, the defender is an appealing target. According to the report, Hysaj’s contract at Napoli has a €50 million release clause, which the Serie A outfit are attempting to get rid of, notwithstanding knocking his yearly wages from €1.6 million to around €3 million, as a major aspect of the new deal.
Chelsea would improbable be reluctant in cashing out the player’s release clause and could conceivably offer him better wages too but, the Gli Azzurri side would hope to keep away the reunion of Hysaj and Sarri, with Aurelio de Laurentiis reluctant to let any other player make a move to West London, following the departure of Jorginho in the summer.
In any case, the presence of a release clause takes Hysaj’s ultimate conclusion from their hands. Napoli presently needs to put all their investments tied up in one place and expects the 24-year-old renews his contract soon. Otherwise, they could be forced to make a benefit on him by encouraging a reunion between him and Sarri at Chelsea.