Marek Hamsik

Napoli midfielder Marek Hamsik’s move to China has been delayed over problems concerning “payment methods”, the Serie A club have said.

Napoli did not name the club or say for how long the move would be held up, though they still have time to complete a deal with the transfer window in China open until February 28.

“The club has decided to delay Marek Hamsik’s move to China because the payment methods proposed for the agreed sum fail to adhere to what was previously agreed,” Napoli said in a brief statement on their website.

Coach Carlo Ancelotti had confirmed last week that the 31-year-old, who joined Napoli from Slovan Bratislava, was in talks to leave the club after 12 seasons. Media reports linked him with a move to Dalian Yifang.

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

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