If Emanuele Cammaroto, a journalist for Napoli Magazine, is to be believed, then Elseid Hysaj to Chelsea could be a lot closer than we all thought.

Already heavily linked with a reunion with Maurizio Sarri, the Albanian defender has yet to renew his contract with the Serie A side, and with a €50m release clause in his current deal, any transfer would be fairly straightforward should that amount be placed on the table.

Relayed by CalcioNapoli24, Cammaroto explained the situation.

He said: “Hysaj is on the way out. Ancelotti is ready to let him leave, and Aurelio de Laurentiis didn’t appreciate the take it or leave it offer on the contract, as the renewal terms were too high. The goodbye is already on the agenda, the Albanian will go to his mentor Sarri.

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“All that’s left is to know if it’ll happen in June or January. The potential summer ban for Chelsea could make the negotiations start suddenly, but Napoli want the €50m from the clause and not a penny less. The agent will try around €40m, but in the end they’ll meet in the middle at €45m.”

The journalist then went onto explain the Blues’ money for Hysaj would be used by Napoli to try and sign Benjamin Pavard from Stuttgart, who recently revealed he didn’t have an agreement with Bayern Munich over a future transfer.

Despite the claim Ancelotti was happy to do without Hysaj, the 24-year-old has played an important part in Napoli’s start to the season, making 17 appearances across all competitions, picking up one assist along the way.