Marek Hamšík has been one of the biggest stars of Euro 2016 so far, Slovakia and Napoli's star man finally taking that star turn on the (second) biggest stage in the world at the age of 28. He was quite well known beforehand so we can't really call him a breakout star, but his performances against Wales and Russia have gotten tongues wagging at or above the level at which they were wagging about three-four years ago.
Back then, Hamšík stayed with Napoli unlike Cavani and Lavezzi, and I don't really see a reason why that would ever change, but his agent is still doing his agent-y best to keep things murky and vague.
"After the match with Russia, I had a number of phonecalls. I won't be specific at the moment though, Marek has a contract with Napoli. His value was already high, and it certainly won't have gone down. He was already well-known, it's not just about these two games he's played."
"It could be that [he leaves for €35m), it depends on the conditions of Napoli. It could be higher or it could be lower. Or in the end it might be irrelevant [because he could stay at Napoli]. Yes, anything is possible."
Alongside Chelsea, the rumor mill's naming the likes of Manchester United and Juventus as hot on the heels of the midfielder. Are any of them at all closer to acquiring him? Doubtful, but, hey, anything is possible.
Hamšík and his national supporting cast will be taking on England later today. Will be interesting to see how he deals with Premier League-calibre defenses.