Chelsea FC lining up £20m bid to try and sign 24-year-old – report

Chelsea FC are lining up a £20m bid to sign Napoli right-back Elseid Hysaj, say reports

Maurizio Sarri
Chelsea FC manager Maurizio Sarri Photo: The Sport Review

Chelsea FC are lining up a £20m bid to try and sign Napoli right-back Elseid Hysaj in the January transfer window, according to reports in the British media.

The Sun is reporting that Maurizio Sarri has identified the defender as one of the Blues’ top transfer targets as the mid-season window draws nearer.

Sarri managed Hysaj at Napoli last season but did not bring him with him to Stamford Bridge when he took over at the west London club in the summer.

According to the same story, Chelsea FC are now prepared to try and test Napoli’s resolve by tabling a firm offer for the 24-year-old to try and sign him in January.

However, it is claimed in the same story that Sarri would have to offload Davide Zappacosta before signing a new defender. The article says that both Lazio and AS Roma are interested in signing Zappacosta.

Hysaj has been a regular fixture in the Napoli team so far this season, making one assist in 14 Serie A games for the Italian side.

Meanwhile, Chelsea FC are currently preparing for their Europa League clash against Vidi on Thursday night.

Sarri’s side became the first team to beat Manchester City in the Premier League this season when they sealed a 2-0 victory over the Citizens at Stamford Bridge on Saturday night.

MORE: Latest Chelsea news and views

MORE: Football transfer rumours and gossip

Thomas Tuchel
Cesc Fabregas replies when asked if Chelsea FC should sign Aurelien Tchouameni
Football transfer gossip
Transfer rumours: Arsenal bid for Albert Sambi Lokonga rejected, Jadon Sancho expects to join Man United
Thomas Tuchel
Chelsea FC favourites to sign Jack Grealish ahead of Man United - report
Mikel Arteta (Photo: Arsenal Media / Screengrab)
Journalist delivers latest update on Arsenal's bid to sign Albert Sambi Lokonga
N'Golo Kante
Emmanuel Petit: I'd have loved to play alongside Chelsea FC star N'Golo Kante
Thomas Tuchel
Cesc Fabregas replies when asked if Chelsea FC should sign Aurelien Tchouameni
Football transfer gossip
Transfer rumours: Arsenal bid for Albert Sambi Lokonga rejected, Jadon Sancho expects to join Man United
Thomas Tuchel
Chelsea FC favourites to sign Jack Grealish ahead of Man United - report
Mikel Arteta (Photo: Arsenal Media / Screengrab)
Journalist delivers latest update on Arsenal's bid to sign Albert Sambi Lokonga
N'Golo Kante
Emmanuel Petit: I'd have loved to play alongside Chelsea FC star N'Golo Kante
Top 50 Muslim footballers: Arsenal, Chelsea FC, Liverpool FC and Man United stars feature
Top 50 Muslim footballers: Arsenal, Chelsea FC, Liverpool FC and Man United stars feature