Marek Hamsik has been left out of Napoli’s squad to face Fiorentina on Saturday amid reports his move to Dalian Yifang is nearing completion.
Hamsik appeared poised to complete a switch to the Chinese Super League outfit earlier this week before Napoli postponed the transfer over an issue related to the structure of the payments for a purported €20million deal.
Those issues appear to have been smoothed over, with Calcio Mercato reporting the Slovakian midfielder has travelled to Madrid to undergo a medical with an eye on a proposed move.
It will mean the end of Hamsik’s 12-season association with Napoli, who are second in Serie A – nine points shy of champions Juventus – as they prepare to head to Florence.
The Slovakia international has made 520 total appearances for the Serie A club since joining from Brescia in 2007.
He’s the club’s all-time
Hamsik has helped lead the club to two Coppa Italia titles, one in 2011-12 and another in 2013-14, as well as the 2014 Supercoppa Italiana.
In addition, the midfielder has led Serie A in assists twice and has been named in three Serie A Teams of the Year.
Head coach Carlo Ancelotti is able to call upon Vlad Chiriches for the first time since he suffered a knee injury in September, although fellow defender Raul Albiol is unavailable.
In addition to Serie A play, Napoli
That tie begins on Thursday with Napoli visiting Zurich.