Paper Talk: Man Utd to pay £44m for Napoli star; Cech fears

Date published: Tuesday 15th May 2018 8:27

Manchester United are tipped to sign a Napoli defender this summer, while Tottenham have told two of their defensive stars they will be allowed to leave this summer, according to Tuesday’s newspapers.



Manchester United are ready to pay the exit fee for Napoli right-back Elseid Hysaj’s this summer, according to reports.

The Sun claims United have already contacted the player’s agent to stress their intention of paying the £44m release clause in his contract at the Stadio San Paolo.

The 24-year-old Albania captain has made over 100 appearances for Napoli since joining from Empoli three years ago and will become the seventh most expensive defender of all time if he completes the move to Old Trafford.

United boss Jose Mourinho is in the market for a new full-back this summer with Matteo Darmian set to leave Old Trafford and return to Italy, most likely with Juventus.

Napoli boss Maurizio Sarri has recently urged the club to tie Hysaj down to a new deal and raise his exit fee, especially given the player can also fill in at left-back if required.

Off the field, Hysaj is engaged to Miss Albania 2013 Fiorenza Lekstakaj.


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