Maurizio Sarri instructs Chelsea FC to sign top Serie A defender – report

The Chelsea FC manager views Elseid Hysaj as the perfect replacement for Cesar Azpilicueta, according to a report

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

Maurizio Sarri wants Chelsea FC to sign Napoli defender Elseid Hysaj once the Blues have wrapped up a deal for Gonzalo Higuain, according to a report in England.

The Daily Mirror, as quoted by Metro, is reporting that the Chelsea FC manager is eager to sign Hysaj to replace Spanish veteran Cesar Azpilicueta at full-back.

The same article states that Sarri sees the 24-year-old as an ideal replacement for Azpilicueta as the Italian coach looks to leave his mark on the Chelsea FC squad.

The 60-year-old worked with the Albania international during his three seasons in charge of Napoli and Sarri helped Hysaj blossom into one of Serie A’s top full-backs.

While the Napoli left-back has fallen out-of-favour under Carlo Ancelotti, the story goes on to claim that the Italian side would still ask for a transfer fee in the region of £45m.

Hysaj made 43 appearances under Sarri at Napoli last season before the Italian manager replaced his compatriot Antonio Conte at Stamford Bridge in the summer.

Azpilicueta was badly exposed in Chelsea FC’s 2-0 loss to Arsenal at The Emirates last weekend after first-half goals from Alexandre Lacazette and Laurent Koscielny.

Chelsea FC are in fourth place and a mere three points ahead of Arsenal and Manchester United in the race to secure the final Champions League qualification spot.

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