Chelsea plot move for one of the best young defenders in Europe

By Mark Peters IN General,Transfers - 20:00 Jul 19th 2016

Willian aside, the players at Chelsea failed to live up to their own high standards last season, something that will not be tolerated under Antonio Conte.

In addition to getting the best out of the current crop, the Italian will be looking to strengthen the squad with some clever recruiting.

ELSEID HYSAJ

Cesar Azpilicueta and Branislav Ivanovic were two of three players who spent at least 85% of the available minutes on the pitch for Chelsea in the Premier League last term, but neither man faces much competition for his place.

That could be about to change, however, with Napoli and Albania right-back Elseid Hysaj thought to be a target for the West London outfit:

Elseid Hysaj
POS: DEFAGE: 22Y 4M
HEIGHT: 5FT 11INWEIGHT: 11ST 0LB
SA | Empoli | 14/1515/16 | Napoli | SA
GOALS
CLEAN
SHEETS
GAMES
GAMES
CLEAN
SHEETS
GOALS
1
AUG
2
4
SEP
4
2
1
4
OCT
4
3
2
4
NOV
4
3
1
3
DEC
3
1
2
5
JAN
5
2
3
FEB
4
1
1
3
MAR
3
1
4
APR
5
2
1
5
MAY
3
1
10
36
TOTAL
37
14

The 22-year-old has been in phenomenal form in Serie A over the course of the last couple of campaigns, averaging a clean sheet roughly once every three games for Empoli and his current employers.

Extremely difficult to get the better of in one-on-one situations, Hysaj’s defensive numbers in the top-flight last season were far superior to those put up by Ivanovic:

Elseid
Hysaj
versusBranislav
Ivanovic
DEFPOSITIONDEF
22Y 4MAGE32Y 4M
5FT 11INHEIGHT6FT 2IN
11ST 0LBWEIGHT14ST 0LB
 
SA | NAP | | CHE | PL
06/15 - 06/1606/15 - 06/16
37
STARTS
33
3285
MINS
PLAYED
2918
GOALS
SCORED
2
GOALS
HEAD/FOOT
H
2
2
ASSISTS
2
14
CLEAN
SHEETS
8
32
GOALS
AGAINST
46
103
MINS PER
GOALS A
63
5
TOTAL
1

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