Napoli’s inspirational captain Marek Hamšík is reported to be on the brink of leaving the club this summer. According to Calciomercato, the 30-year-old’s father said, “He’s 60% likely to go to China. Their interest is serious, but negotiations are not easy. His manager is going to talk to the club.”
A heartbreaking set of news for the Ciucciarelli fans who have watched the Slovakian grace the pitch in Napoli colours for 10 years now. Hamšík even broke the legendary Diego Maradona’s goal scoring record for the club and has racked up over 500 appearances.
This will be hard to digest for the Napoli faithful but there are no certain signs that the player will remain with the club for the upcoming season. He has entered the last stage of his professional career, soon to be 31 this July, and would not mind gathering a nice retirement nest egg in China.
The Far East is known to provide European players with mind-boggling contracts which none of the European top-flight teams can match. The sole reason for players to make the switch is for a monetary gain and China is really the perfect outlet for when the players start to lose their athletic abilities.
We, however, believe that Hamšík still has a few more years of top-flight football left in him. So there might be a possibility, though distant, for the Slovakian ace to consider a move to the Premier League.
It is unlikely that he will lose any value to the newly appointed Carlo Ancelotti. The attacking midfielder is the club’s most influential creative option and has been a key component of their Serie A title challenge last term.
If he even entertains a move to any of the English sides, here are a few clubs who should look to sign him.
Ever since Philippe Coutinho quit the Reds back in January, Jurgen Klopp has found it hard to find a creative outlet. Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain has filled in as an able figure but does not quite have the playmaking abilities of the Brazilian and is currently injured with a gruesome knee injury.
Hamšík will bring experience, goals and assists with him to the Anfield, having shown his competence at playing in the high pressing style of football as seen from Maurizio Sarri’s work last season.
Reports came out earlier that Jose Mourinho is getting ready to sell Paul Pogba to make way for players of his liking. Maybe Hamšík could fill in behind Romelu Lukaku.
Antonio Conte’s defensive system needs creative outlets like Hamšík to formulate attacks on the counter. The trio of Eden Hazard, Hamšík and Willian sounds too good to be true.