Hamsik left out of Napoli squad as China switch moves closer

Napoli's Marek Hamsik is reportedly close to completing his move to Dalian Yifang and has been left out of the squad to face Fiorentina.

Marek Hamsik is set to end his 12-season association with Napoli.   -  Getty Images

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 €20 million deal.

Those issues appear to have been smoothed over, with reports stating that the Slovakian midfielder has travelled to Madrid to undergo a medical.

It will mean the end of Hamsik's 12-season association with Napoli, which is second in Serie A – nine points shy of champions Juventus – as it prepares to head to Florence.

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.

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