Marek Hamsik’s China move postponed by Napoli

NAPLES, ITALY - DECEMBER 22: Marek Hamsik of SSC Napoli in action during the Serie A match between SSC Napoli and Spal at Stadio San Paolo on December 22, 2018 in Naples, Italy. (Photo by Francesco Pecoraro/Getty Images)

Marek Hamsik’s expected move to China has been delayed by Napoli due to payment issues.

The 31-year-old midfielder was supposed to have sealed a transfer to Chinese Super League with a reported €15m deal having been agreed on for Hamsik to join Dalian Yifang.

But it turns out that negotiations between Napoli and the Chinese side haven’t gone to plan with the Italian club postponing the deal due to problems with the “payment methods”.

“Napoli have decided to suspend the sale of Marek Hamsik to the Chinese because the methods of payment of the agreed amount do not line up with the agreements previously reached,” read a statement on Twitter.

However, due to the Chinese transfer window remaining open until February 28, there is still time for Hamsik’s switch to the Far East to go ahead.

The Slovakia international has been at Napoli since 2007 and he’s since managed 520 appearances in all competitions along with winning two Coppa Italia titles.

Hamsik is also Napoli’s all-time leading scorer at 121 goals after breaking Diego Maradona’s record of 115 strikes in December 2017 and was named the captain in January 2014 following Paolo Cannavaro’s exit to Sassuolo.

Speaking last week, Light Blues coach Carlo Ancelotti confirmed that Hamsik was indeed considering on ending his stay at the Stadio Paolo.

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“There are negotiations ongoing, we have to evaluate along with the player,” said Ancelotti.

“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.”

Despite Hamsik being a Napoli player, however, it remains unclear whether he will feature in Saturday’s game against Fiorentina in the Serie A.