Napoli defender Hysaj’s fate hinges on Sarri going to Chelsea, says agent

Napoli defender Hysaj’s fate hinges on Sarri going to Chelsea, says agent

Napoli’s Albanian international right-back Elseid Hysaj could join Chelsea if Maurizio Sarri becomes the manager, according to the player’s agent.

Chelsea are yet to decide the fate of current boss Antonio Conte but there has been strong speculation in the press that the former Juventus and Siena boss could well be on his way out.

Should Conte leave then Maurizio Sarri is one of the favourites to take over after he left his position at Napoli las month.

Sarri guided Napoli to a second-place finish in Serie A and they were the only team able to challenge Juventus for the Scudetto, yet he was replaced at the San Paolo by Carlo Ancelotti.

With Sarri now available there is a growing opinion that he could take over in the dugout at Chelsea, and one player that is touted to join him is Elseid Hysaj.

The player is reportedly already a target of Chelsea and is known to have a release clause in his contract of £43.9m. The player’s agent, Mario Giuffredi, believes that only a club in the Premier League could afford the fee and therefore his future very much depends on where Sarri will manage next.

“He has a €50million release clause. I think only Premier League clubs can afford him, so his fate depends on Sarri,” he told Radio CRC, via FourFourTwo.

“If the Tuscan coach was to move to England, he could want him [Hysaj]. Therefore, Hysaj could follow him.

“Failing that, it would be very difficult to see Hysaj away from Napoli.”

Hysaj has followed Sarri to a club in past – when he went from Empoli to Napoli – and him doing so again appears likely.

The player was one of the key men in an Empoli side that overachieved at the top level under Sarri’s guidance and was quickly snapped up by his former boss following his appointment as Napoli head coach.

During his time in Naples the Albanian international has chalked up 137 appearances in three seasons, becoming a mainstay at full-back.

Hysaj is thought to be happy at Napoli and any move will be dependent on where Maurizio Sarri lands his next job.