Chelsea chase Napoli defender and it’s not Koulibaly

Chelsea are eyeing a summer move for Napoli defender Elseid Hysaj, according to reports.

According to reports, the Blues have already met with Hysaj’s agent Mario Giuffredi on multiple occasions.

There is a €50 million release clause in the Albanian’s contract and that could turn out to be a steal if the form the 24-year-old has shown in Serie A can be replicated in the Premier League.

NAPLES, ITALY – APRIL 18: Elseid Hysaj, Lorenzo Tonelli and Pepe Reina of SSC Napoli celebate the victory after the Serie A match between SSC Napoli and Udinese Calcio at Stadio San Paolo on April 18, 2018 in Naples, Italy. (Photo by Giuseppe Bellini/Getty Images)

With Chelsea apparently ready to sell Davide Zappacosta after just one disappointing season, Hysaj is considered the perfect replacement for years to come.

They will face competition for his signature though, with Liverpool and Manchester United also appearing keen to bring in the right-back.

Napoli are also scrambling so that they don’t have to sell one of their star players. They are trying to tie Hysaj down to a new contract so they can fend off any suitors, but the money that the Premier League offers could see him force his way out of Serie A.

REGGIO NELL’EMILIA, ITALY – MARCH 31: Elseid Hysaj of SSC Napoli in action during the serie A match between US Sassuolo and SSC Napoli at Mapei Stadium – Citta’ del Tricolore on March 31, 2018 in Reggio nell’Emilia, Italy. (Photo by Mario Carlini / Iguana Press/Getty Images)

Hysaj has made over 100 appearances for Napoli since signing from Empoli for €6 million, and has turned into one of Napoli’s most important players in his three years at the Stadio San Paolo.

Chelsea ‘to impose tighter budget on Antonio Conte successor’

Chelsea’s next manager will reportedly be bound by tighter budgetary restrictions than current boss Antonio Conte.

The Italian has criticised the club’s hierarchy this season for a perceived lack of investment but, according to the EveningStandard, his successor will have even less funding to spend on new players.

The report states that Chelsea are currently mulling over offers from lenders to bankroll their plans for a new stadium, the cost of which is said to have doubled to around £1.2bn.

Depending on which financier they choose, the club could borrow anything between £300m and £850m.

Conte, who is expected to leave Stamford Bridge in the summer, is not the only manager to have complained about a lack of investment during the Roman Abramovich era, with current Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho also making his frustrations known.

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