Chelsea Transfer News: Elseid Hysaj's Agent Says Napoli Defender Is Worth €60M

Tom Sunderland@@TomSunderland_Featured ColumnistNovember 16, 2018

BELGRADE, SERBIA - SEPTEMBER 18: Elseid Hysaj of SSC Napoli in action during the Group C match of the UEFA Champions League between Crvena Zvezda Belgrade and SSC Napoli at Rajko Mitic Stadium on September 18, 2018 in Belgrade, Serbia. (Photo by Srdjan Stevanovic/Getty Images)
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The agent of Napoli right-back and rumoured Chelsea target Elseid Hysaj has said the player could succeed in the Premier League and estimates his client's value at €60 million (£53.1 million).

Mario Giuffredi represents the Albania defender and recently appeared on Radio Crc (h/t Calciomercato.com), when he addressed speculation linking Hysaj with a move to Stamford Bridge and what he felt was his worth:

"Hysaj being targeted by Chelsea and other clubs? If you see that Ancelotti is playing [Kevin] Malcuit and you feel that Napoli is looking for other players, obviously it means that there are also requests for him.

"Hysai is a player who can do well in English football, since he has a lot of physicality and he is being targeted by many big clubs. Is his worth 50 million? For me, he is worth 60. I can not say that Hysaj, who for two months played badly, does not have the same value of the last 2-3 years."

Sports writer Simon Phillips recently highlighted Chelsea's need for a new recruit at right-back, deeming Davide Zappacosta an unfit backup to Cesar Azpilicueta:

Simon Phillips @SiPhillipsSport

It’s similar to Kante. He’s being asked to learn a new role in a new style, a lot like Azpilicueta is. I think it does highlight the need for another right back to arrive in January though, Zappa isn’t good enough. Reece James recall would be great, but unlikely.

A move to west London could see Hysaj reunited with former Napoli manager Maurizio Sarri, who brought him to Naples from Empoli in July 2015, one month after he joined the club.

Napoli manager Carlo Ancelotti has started to use summer signing Malcuit, a 27-year-old who came in from Lille, into his line-up more frequently since late September, although Hysaj has still made 11 Serie A starts to the Frenchman's four.

Giuffredi's issue is Malcuit's introduction has seen Hysaj fielded out of position at left-back, while centre-back Nikola Maksimovic has also been started on the right side in the UEFA Champions League.

French football writer Jeremy Smith suggested at the time of Malcuit's transfer to Naples that it was his suitability to Ancelotti's tactics that could work in his favour, which we now appear to be witnessing:

Jeremy Smith @jeremysmith98

Kevin Malcuit has joined Napoli from Lille for 11 million euros. Never been that impressed with him as a defender but will be useful if they continue their attacking style under Ancelotti. https://t.co/D8MdneUb5E

It's not surprising to hear an agent speak of a client in such respected terms, and of course, Giuffredi's €60 million valuation of Hysaj should be treated as such.

That being said, his poor form this term and for much of last season—when he contributed just one assist in 49 games—cannot be ignored. However, Napoli podcaster Kirsten Schlewitz hinted a Chelsea reunion may not be recommended, suggesting it's former Partenopei boss Sarri who's responsible for his dip:

Kirsten Schlewitz @kdschlewitz

Think Sarri may have broke Hysaj too

Azpilicueta started his career at right-back with Osasuna and Marseille, but the Spain international later found success on the left side before achieving his best so far as a central defender under Antonio Conte's blueprint.

Chelsea don't need the added competition in central defence as Denmark international Andreas Christensen is already behind David Luiz or Antonio Rudiger into the XI, but Hysaj's arrival could free the Spaniard to return to the middle if desired.