Chelsea want to sign Elseid Hysaj in January before loaning him back to Napoli until the end of the season, according to reports.
Hysaj, the Albania full-back, played under current Chelsea manager Maurizio Sarri at both Empoli and Napoli, and he remains a key player for the San Paolo club under new boss Carlo Ancelotti.
The Blues were linked with Hysaj throughout the summer, after Sarri’s appointment at Stamford Bridge, though Calciomercato claim a gentleman’s agreement was reached between Chelsea and Napoli to prevent the Blues signing any more of the Serie A side’s players after buying Jorginho.
However, the same report says Chelsea have already started negotiations with Napoli over a deal for Hysaj with under a month until the transfer window reopens.
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The Blues are prepared to sell Davide Zappacosta at the end of the season, and they plan to sign Hysaj next month but loan him back to Napoli until the summer.
Chelsea are reported to be pushing forward with their transfer plans as they face the threat of a transfer ban.
talkSPORT told last month how Chelsea are one of five Premier League clubs being investigated by FIFA over possible violations of rules on signing under-18 foreign players, with a transfer ban lasting two years, or four transfer windows, a potential punishment if found guilty.
La Liga teams Barcelona, Real Madrid and Atletico Madrid have previously been punished for the same offence.
Chelsea hope to lower Hysaj’s £44million (€50m) release clause with talks started between the two clubs.
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