Hysaj agent speaks on Arsenal interest

Albania's Elseid Hysaj in action with Switzerland's Ricardo Rodriguez

The 22-year-old has been linked with a move to Arsenal.

Albania's Elseid Hysaj in action with Switzerland's Ricardo Rodriguez

The agent of Elseid Hysaj has intimated that joining Arsenal would not be a step up for the Napoli full back, as quoted by Inside Futbol.

The Daily Star reported on the weekend that Arsenal were toying with the idea of launching a £15 million bid for the 22-year-old Albanian defender.

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger

That being said, his representative Mario Giuffredi has suggested that joining the Gunners does not represent much of a forward step for his client, who joined the Serie A side from Empoli last summer.

Asked by Radio CRC what he made of Arsenal's interest, Giuffredi said: “I consider this to be like Napoli, not better," he's quoted as saying by Inside Futbol. “Napoli have become one of the most important clubs in Europe.”

Arsenal's Hector Bellerin in action with Aston Villa's Jordan Ayew

Arsenal, as it stands, cannot offer the youngster that much more than Napoli. Both clubs will compete in the Champions League and manager Arsene Wenger is unlikely to offer him mega wages considering he is relatively unproven.

Plus, Hysaj, who can play left-back and right-back, would have a hard time breaking into the North Londoners' best XI by virtue of Nacho Monreal and Hector Bellerin's proficiency in both positions.

They do need cover in both roles, however, and perhaps Wenger views him as someone who can challenge Bellerin in time. 

Crystal Palace's Joe Ledley in action with Arsenal's Nacho Monreal

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