Sky Sports report that Napoliâ€™s president Aurelio De Laurentiis has insisted that Chelsea have not made a move for the clubâ€™s 22-year-old midfielder Marek Hamsik. This may be the case now, but the big boys are circling. The playerâ€™s agent has looked to stir transfer speculation over his client by stating that:
“It is too early to talk about Marek’s future, but indeed there is a strong interest in him.”
Hamsik made only five appearances for his first club Slovan Bratislava in Slovakia. The form he had shown both at youth level in both domestic and international competitions led to Brescia buying the then 17-year-old for â‚¬500,000. His form came to the fore during the 2006-07 season when he made 40 appearances and scored 10 goals. However, despite his excellent displays Brescia were relegated to Serie B.
His talents caught the eye of many Italian clubs and it was Napoli who signed him for â‚¬5.5 million. The following season he bagged nine goals in 37 games for his new club and last season he scored 10 goals in 36 games. His rich scoring vein has continued this season, his goal tally stands at 5 in only 8 appearances.
The Slovakian has been described by many as the complete midfielder. His versatility is one of his main strengths as he is able play with distinction on the right or left of midfield as well as either an attacking or in a more central midfield role.
As befits a man who can play anywhere in the middle of the park, he possesses excellent acceleration, a good eye for goal, superb technical ability on the ball, a wide range of passing and an array of tricks and flicks at his disposal.
Hamsikâ€™s contract with Napoli runs until 2014 and it could be that his agent is fermenting some speculation to strengthen his position in renegotiating what is a long term contract.
Despite the protest of the Napoli president the Italian club remains a selling one, having been besieged by financial difficulties for the last 10 years. In addition, the year has started badly for the Partenopei culminating in Roberto Donadoniâ€™s sacking, the third managerial change the president has made in the past eight months.
With Chelsea seeking to buy young players who can mature into great players Hamsik fits the bill. Coupled with the potential transfer ban, his acquisition could be a possibility, nevertheless they will have to beat a host of other top European clubs to his signature. Even Frank Arnesen couldnâ€™t fail to spot this youngsters ability.
Video evidence of Marek Hamsik can be seen here.