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Chelsea linked again as Hysaj contract talks break down at Napoli — report

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Definitely not a ploy to get a better contract. Definitely. Maybe.

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According to CalcioNapoli24, who proved to be a decent local source in Naples during the summer saga of Sarri and Jorginho, Elseid Hysaj’s contract extension talks with Napoli have fallen apart as Hysaj’s demands were too high for Napoli supremo and part-time Bond-villain Aurelio de Laurentiis.

Having been linked before, Chelsea are thus linked again, as Hysaj’s agent continues to be one of the hardest working, if slightly unimaginative agent in the business. There are surely other ways to gain leverage in a negotiation process than than just trying the, “Chelsea will sign him” story every time. Even Sarri switched up his tactics the other day!

Hysaj is on the way out. Ancelotti is ready to let him leave, and Aurelio de Laurentiis didn’t appreciate the take it or leave it offer on the contract, as the renewal terms were too high. The goodbye is already on the agenda, the Albanian will go to his mentor Sarri.

Source: CalcioNapoli24 via Sports Witness

The report also states that De Laurentiis will refuse to negotiate (what a surprise) and if Chelsea are to sign the defender, we’ll have to pay the entire €50m release clause. (Seriously? We’re back at this again? Didn’t we have a deal to never deal with ADL again? That would be nice.)

Chelsea have recently inked both Marcos Alonso and Cesar Azpilicueta to long-term contract extension, so it’s a bit unlikely that we would splash the cash on the position so soon afterwards already. Hysaj’s undoubtedly a good player however, capable on both flanks, and young enough (24) to represent a decent option should Chelsea decide to do so anyway.