Despite Napoli's continuing quest to overtake Roma and become Italy's second best team behind juggernauts Juventus, their players remain frequent cannon fodder for the European rumor mill — no doubt much to annoyance of evil mastermind and moped aficionado Aurelio De Laurentiis.
One of the latest names to emerge has been 22-year-old right back Elseid Hysaj, who has reportedly drawn the interest of Premier League clubs such as Chelsea and Arsenal with his solid performances in Serie A.
While there are still a few hours left in the January transfer window, Hysaj's agent Mario Giuffredi is already laying the groundwork for next summer. That's when all the big moves happen anyway.
"Chelsea and Arsenal? We are happy to hear his name being linked to these big clubs, let's see what happens this summer. At the moment, Hysaj is fully concentrated on Napoli and he wants to finish off this season on a high."
"For me the January transfer market does not exist, all the big moves happen during the summer transfer window. Once the season begins, coaches want to have concentrated players. The January transfer windows adds extra problems for coaches and this is why I don't like it."
-Mario Giuffredi; Source: Radio CRC via Calcio Mercato
The unfortunate news for everyone involved is that Hysaj's current contract runs through June 2021. So if Chelsea are indeed interested in his services, we better prepare for another long-drawn saga a la Kalidou Koulibaly (or Edinson Cavani) come next summer...