Napoli star’s agent rules out Manchester United switch

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The agent of Napoli defender Elseid Hysaj has this evening moved to shut down any and all speculation surrounding his client’s future.

Solid stopper

Hysaj, a 24-year-old right-back who can also play on the left, has been on the books of Napoli since 2015, when he made the move to the Stadio San Paolo from fellow Italian outfit Empoli for just 5 million Euro.

The Albanian international immediately managed to usurp Partenopei legend Christian Maggio as the club’s first-choice right-full, with his increasingly impressive performances over recent seasons having led to growing interest on the part of some of Europe’s biggest clubs.


Premier League duo Arsenal and Manchester United have been the two sides most persistently-linked with potential moves for Hysaj, with claims emerging from Italy back in March having insisted that the stopper was set for a summer move to a European heavyweight.

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Elseid Hysaj of Napoli during the serie A match between SSC Napoli and Spal at Stadio San Paolo on February 18, 2018 in Naples, Italy. (Photo by Maurizio Lagana/Getty Images)

This was due to Tuttosport’s report that Hysaj had been informed by an unnamed club that they would be activating his 50 million Euro release clause (which is only valid between June 30th and July 15th) this summer, rendering Napoli helpless in their hopes of holding onto the 37-time capped international.

‘Remain in Naples’

However, following persistent speculation in the months that have followed that Hysaj looked increasingly likely to make the move to Old Trafford to link up with Manchester United, the stopper’s agent has this evening moved to shut down any and all rumours surrounding his client’s future.

Speaking in an interview with Radio CrC, Mario Giuffredi explained:

‘He’s a Napoli player and he’ll remain in Naples.’

‘We’ve also started talking about a new contract. He’s very young and from next year he’d only have two years on his contract.’

‘Talks have already begun with Napoli, then if they want to send him away… I don’t think that will happen though.’

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