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Mercato: Is Marek Hamsik Heading To China?

Napoli’s all-time leading scorer and player with the most appearances Marek Hamsik is involved in talks over a possible move to a Chinese club, coach Carlo Ancelotti said on Saturday.

According to reports, Hamsik could sign a contract over the next 48 hours with Dalian Yifang and not original targets Guangzhou Evergrande. Sportitalia claim they are offering €25m to buy the Slovakia international.

The Slovakian midfielder, who has scored 121 goals for Napoli during 12 seasons in all competitions, made his 520th appearance in Saturday’s 3-0 win over Sampdoria.

“There are negotiations on-going, we have to evaluate along with the player,” confirmed Ancelotti on Sky Sport Italia after the 3-0 win over Sampdoria.

“The club has huge respect for this player, as he wrote history with Napoli, but if he wants to have another experience, we tend to want to make him happy.

“There are talks. We are not hiding anything. As far as I and the club are concerned, if the player wants to try this new experience, we are inclined to give him what he wants.”

Hamsik joined Napoli from Slovan Bratislava in 2007.

He became the club’s all-time leading scorer in December 2017 when he overtook Diego Maradona’s record of 115 goals and he overhauled Giuseppe Bruscolotti’s total of 511 appearances in November.

Hamsik was moved to a new position in front of the defence when Ancelotti replaced Maurizio Sarri as coach during the summer and has spent several matches on the bench this season as the squad has been rotated.

‘Hamsik does not have a substitute in the squad but we have other players who interpret the role with different characteristics,’ said Ancelotti.