A lot of reports are linking Chelsea with a move for Napoli right-back Elseid Hysaj. They claim that Maurizio Sarri is focused on bringing in his former player to replace Cesar Azpilicueta, who has struggled to adapt to Sarri’s style of play.
The 24-year-old would command a fee of at least £50 million. While he is a perfectly decent player, there is absolutely no need to spend such a great chunk of a budget on a man who would probably bring about as much to the side as Azpilicueta.
A new right back who is technically better than Azpilicueta who can as overlap with pace and deliver a good cross is a requirement. However, for that price tag, Chelsea would be able to find a better option than Hysaj. They could also promote a younger full back, allowing them to set aside that money for other targets.
For example, Dani Carvajal would cost a similar amount. He is a better player and he has recently stated his wish to play in England before he retires. Other candidates such as Leicester’s Ricardo Pereira and Thomas Meunier. They are both superior players to Hysaj, would also cost less money.
The Blues could even promote someone such as Reece James at right-back and invest in his development. He could well become a fantastic player and Chelsea would be able to spend the money they would have spent on Hysaj on other areas of the squad.