Chelsea will raid Napoli to sign Elseid Hysaj if Maurizio Sarri replaces Antonio Conte as manager


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The Albania full-back is reportedly top of Sarri's wishlist if he takes up the top job at Stamford Bridge

Napoli fear Maurizio Sarri will raid them for full-back Elseid Hysaj – if he gets the Chelsea job.

The 59-year-old is the favourite to takeover at Stamford Bridge as Antonio Conte is likely to be shown the door.

Hysaj has earned many admirers following a series of excellent performances for Napoli

Sarri has been replaced at Napoli by Carlo Ancelotti, but a clause in his previous contract means his new employers must pay around £8m to hire him.

That is slowing down negotiations with Chelsea, but both parties are still hopeful a deal could be reached.

Sarri's transfer wishlist

Maurizio Sarri has been linked with signing a number of his former players if appointed Chelsea manager

Elseid Hysaj – worked with Sarri at Empoli and Napoli

Kalidou Koulibaly – worked with Sarri at Napoli

Dries Mertens – worked with Sarri at Napoli

Gonzalo Higuain – worked with Sarri at Napoli

Piotr Zielinski – worked with Sarri at Empoli and Napoli

Once in charge, Sarri is expected to make a number of signings and, according to Rai Sport, Napoli are worried he will raid them for players.

In particular, the Italian club believe their former boss will try and sign defender Hysaj this summer.

Hysaj played under Sarri at Empoli before joining him at Napoli

Hysaj played under Sarri at Empoli before joining him at Napoli

The 24-year-old has flourished under Sarri at Napoli and he would be keen to work under him again.

The right-back is no stranger to interest from England, having been linked with Arsenal and Manchester United in the past.

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