According to The Sun, Chelsea can now reignite their interest in Napoli right-back Elseid Hysaj with his deal set to expire at the end of this campaign.
Chelsea can now land the 25-year old full-back for free at Stamford Bridge next summer after a failed £43m attempt last summer, his agent Mario Giufreddi reported to Radio Punto Nuovo.
In a significant turn of events, what appears to be an appalling loss for the Naples side has confirmed to be a blessing in disguise for the Blues, who suffered last time around.
Manager Frank Lampard and his Chelsea side will now be eager to grab the Albanian international’s signature when his side’s transfer embargo gets lifted on July 1, 2020.
Elseid Hysaj, who has fallen down the pecking order under current manager Carlo Ancelotti since the arrival of Giovanni Di Lorenzo, has made only four matches this season.
After joining Napoli in the summer of 2015 from FC Empoli, Hysaj had grown into one of the undisputed starters in the side until Ancelotti’s arrival last year.
A veteran of 174 matches for the Naples outfit, Hysaj is an experienced campaigner with ample game time under his belt.
Functioning primarily as a full-back, Hysaj is also comfortable slotting in on the left-hand side of the pitch as he has done in so many fixtures for the Serie A side.
An attacking full-back, the Albanian is blessed with the right first touch and is an excellent passer of the ball.
Also, if under pressure, Elseid Hysaj makes good use of his strength by shielding the ball until the right opportunity to pass falls in front of him.
Statistically, the Albanian defender has recorded an average pass success percentage of 85% or above in his previous four years, which reverberates the full-back’s passing prowess, according to Whoscored.