The Napoli defender has long been linked with a move to Stamford Bridge as manager Maurizio Sarri looks for reinforcements.Sarri worked with Hysaj
The Napoli defender has long been linked with a move to Stamford Bridge as manager Maurizio Sarri looks for reinforcements.
Sarri worked with Hysaj when Napoli boss and rates the right-back highly.
And the Italian might soon need cover for first-choice Cesar Azpilicueta as Davide Zappacosta looks set to return to Serie A, with the likes of Lazio said to be eyeing a deal.
Albanian international Hysaj, 24, would cost around £45million and his agent, Mario Giuffredi, said his client and Napoli manager Carlo Ancelotti are open to offers having met with club chiefs to discuss his future.
However, unless he receives an offer from Chelsea in the January transfer window, Giuffredi has warned they risk him penning new terms at the San Paolo Stadium.
“The important thing is hearing that Ancelotti respects Hysaj,” he said.
“He confirmed his faith in him. Of course, the January transfer window is always to be evaluated and there has been talk of Chelsea, for example.
“If there are situations that are mutually advantageous, then we’d evaluate them.
“If nothing happens in January, then we’ll discuss a contract extension.”
Hysaj’s current contract runs until June 2021 and he has been with Napoli since moving from Empoli in 2015.
He finished as a runner-up on two occasions in Serie A under Sarri, who is desperate for new faces in January as he looks to get his new side back on track.
Chelsea have stuttered after a near-perfect start under the Italian and he admits he wants at least two new players in the winter window.
With Cesc Fabregas set to leave and join Monaco, the Blues boss wants a new midfielder and has been linked with Cagliari’s Nicolo Barella, 21, and Leandro Paredes, 24, from Zenit St Petersburg.
Chelsea have also struggled for goals this season and have been comfortably outscored by every other team in the top sox of the Premier League.
As a result, Sarri is known to be looking for a new striker to help the misfiring Alvaro Morata and Olivier Giroud.
Gonzalo Higuain is understood to be a target along with Bournemouth’s Callum Wilson.