The agent of Napoli defender Elseid Hysaj has this afternoon revealed that his client could make a move to England this summer, if Maurizio Sarri is eventually unveiled as Chelsea’s new manager.
Hysaj, a 24-year-old right-back who can also play on the left, has been on the books of Napoli since 2015, when he made the move to the Stadio San Paolo from fellow Italian outfit Empoli for just 5 million Euro.
The Albanian international immediately managed to usurp Partenopei legend Christian Maggio as the club’s first-choice right-full, with his increasingly impressive performances over recent seasons having led to growing interest on the part of some of Europe’s biggest clubs.
Premier League duo Arsenal and Manchester United have been the two sides most persistently-linked with potential moves for Hysaj, with claims emerging from Italy back in March having insisted that the stopper was set for a summer move to a European heavyweight.
This was due to Tuttosport’s report that Hysaj had been informed by an unnamed club that they would be activating his 50 million Euro release clause (which is only valid between June 30th and July 15th) this summer, rendering Napoli helpless in their hopes of holding onto the 37-time capped international.
However, speaking in an interview with Radio CrC last month, Hysaj’s agent, Mario Giuffredi, insisted that his client would absolutely not be on the move this summer:
‘He’s a Napoli player and he’ll remain in Naples.’
But, after Maurizio Sarri, who worked with Hysaj at Empoli before bringing the stopper with him to Napoli 3 years ago, was replaced by Carlo Ancelotti at the Stadio San Paolo two weeks ago, Hysaj admitted to reporters over the weekend that the change at the helm in Naples is ‘not good’ for him on a personal level, in the process firmly reigniting the rumours surrounding his future:
‘Sarri leaving Napoli is not good news for me, as we’ve been working together for six years.’
‘Could follow him…’
And Hysaj’s agent has this evening provided the latest update on his client’s future, with Giuffredi having revealed during an interview with Radio CrC that, if Sarri does in fact make the move to Stamford Bridge this summer, his client could well follow suit:
‘He has a €50m release clause. I think only Premier League clubs can afford him, so his fate depends on Sarri.’
‘If the Tuscan Coach was to move to England, he could want [Hysaj]. Therefore, Hysaj could follow him.’
‘Failing that, it would be very difficult to see Hysaj away from Napoli.’