​The agent of Elseid Hysaj has revealed that Chelsea failed with a £43m bid to sign the right-back last year, with the SSC Napoli star set to be available on a free transfer when his contract runs out next summer.

Hysaj looks set to depart Naples upon the expiry of his current deal, with a whole host of Napoli players due to leave the club as owner Aurelio De Laurentiis remains entrenched in a bitter dispute with the Partenopei's playing staff. 

The club's players and staff refused his demands to remain at a training retreat following a string of poor results, subsequently causing a colossal divide that has left the club in limbo.

One of the players likely to leave is Hysaj, with the player's agent Mario Giuffredi revealing he nearly did so last year, as ​Chelsea failed in their pursuit of the Albanian.

"Whatever happens with him, the outcome will be great," he said, as quoted by the ​Mirror"If we leave, we'll do what we had to do in the summer. If we don't leave, Napoli will lose the player on a free transfer, but it'll always work out for us. A year-and-a-half ago, Napoli could've taken €50m (£43m) fromChelsea.

"If Hysaj stays at Napoli, the Neapolitan club risks losing the player for nothing."