Napoli Defender Targeted by Premier League Giants

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Napoli defender Elseid Hysaj, 24, claims a Premier League club is willing to meet his €50m release clause, according to talkSPORT.

Manchester United and Arsenal were previously linked with the Albania international who moved to the San Paolo in 2015. Costing €5m from Empoli, Hysaj quickly earned a reputation as a no-nonsense right-back with Partenopei, combined with a buccaneering approach to attack.

The Italian media claims there is a release clause in his contract which can be activated each year between 30th June and 15th July by tabling a €50m bid. Now one of the two Premier League giants has let it be known to the player and club that they are willing to meet this fee.

While Arsenal are believed to be willing to entertain offers of £50m or more for Hector Bellerin, 22, it’s unlikely they will spend most of that money on replacing the highly-rated Spaniard.

Manchester United is one of several clubs reported to be watching his situation closely and are understood to have contacted Arsenal, requesting they be kept informed of any plans to sell the right-back.

Hysaj is a similarly-priced alternative who fits with the belief in the Old Trafford hierarchy that United need to produce more attacking football if they are to successfully challenge for the Premier League title next season.