According to recent reports by the British press (via Calciomercato), Chelsea are plotting a move to secure the signature of Elseid Hysaj from Napoli during the summer transfer period. In a recent interview with DigitAlb (via talkSPORT), the Albanian full-back revealed that he is prepared for a new challenge and said, “I’m absolutely ready for a new challenge because I need change.
“I’m not the type of person who likes to stay at a club for too long.
“I want to have new experiences, learn about a new country, meet new people, play for another team and maybe try to win something.
“For me, my time at Napoli is over and I hope to find a team that will give me what I need.”
Why Hysaj Could Provide Some Healthy Competition For Azpilicueta
It is clear from Hysaj’s words that he wants to move on from Napoli in search of greener pastures. The Pensioners already have Cesar Azpilicueta in their squad who is the first-choice right-back. However, the Spaniard is slowing down with each season and is not a potent threat anymore in the opposition half.
Hence, Hysaj could be the ideal candidate to compete with Azpilicueta for a place in Chelsea’s starting XI next season. The Albanian full-back had featured in 35 matches for the Naples outfit last season creating two assists in the process. He has struggled to be productive in the opposition half but is still quite a capable defender at the back.
More importantly, the 25-year-old has made an average of 1.5 tackles, 1.0 interceptions and 1.8 clearances per game across all competitions (stats via whoscored). The former Empoli talent has also earned 44 international caps for Albania thus far.
Hysaj’s Potential Addition: Shrewd Move For The Pensioners?
The acquisition of an experienced right-back like Hysaj will undoubtedly bolster Chelsea’s defensive options at Stamford Bridge next season. He will not only be a much-younger alternative to Azpilicueta but will also improve the overall depth of the Pensioners squad so that they can compete on all fronts in the coming years.
Thus, it would be a wise move for the West London club if they can find a way to recruit the Albania international in this offseason. However, there is a slight concern over whether he will be able to cope with the physical nature of English football.