Over the weekend, we relayed news from Italy that Elseid Hysaj has put contract talks with Napoli on hold as he is waiting for Chelsea to submit an offer for him in January.
The right-back played under Maurizio Sarri with the Serie A outfit and the latter wanted to take him to Stamford Bridge in the summer.
At the start of this month, Calciomercato.it reported the Blues were restricted from signing any Napoli players after the manager and Jorginho moved to the west London club. It was also claimed the Blues were planning to break the gentlemen’s agreement and make an approach for the Albanian international next month.
Hysaj’s agent Mario Giuffredi confirmed the agreement after revealing the Premier League club’s boss wanted his client at Chelsea before the start of the season.
“In the summer, he could have gone to Chelsea. Sarri would have liked him,” the fullback’s representative told Calciomercato.it.
“He has a €50m clause, maybe Napoli would have even accepted €40-€45m. The negotiation has never taken off because De Laurentiis, to free Sarri, has imposed a clause that forbids Chelsea to take other players apart from Jorginho.”
When asked about contract talks between the defender and Napoli, Giuffredi said: “There hasn’t been any movement, we’ll talk about it after the January market.”
Hysaj’s representative asked for time for the 24-year-old to adapt to the needs of Sarri’s successor, Carlo Ancelotti at Napoli.
“Hysaj suffers a bit more because he had only Sarri, then one way of thinking about football. You have to give him time to focus on the demands of the new coach,” the agent stressed.
“Hysaj was a good player and still is today, he will make those go back on their words if he remains at Napoli.”