Chelsea manager Frank Lampard has made direct contact with Napoli star Dries Mertens concerning a totally free transfer to the club at the end of the season.
Mertens was on the Blues’ radar during the winter season transfer window however the Belgium international made the U-turn and chose to stay with Napoli for the rest for the campaign.
As a result, Olivier Giroud was declined the chance to sign up with Inter Milan prior to the January transfer due date and the Blues have actually just recently worked out the 1 year extension provision to keep him at the club up until June 2021.
According to Gianluca di Marzio, the west London side are still keen on protecting the signature of Mertens, who has yet to restore his contract with Napoli beyond the existing campaign.
The exact same publication mentions that Lampard has made ‘direct contact’ with the former Anderlecht man in order to encourage him to pursue a fresh difficulty with the Blues next term.
Mertens can playing anywhere throughout the attack and his efficiencies have really enhanced as he has went into the backend of his expert profession.
Over the past 4 years, he has moved from a broad assaulting role to a centre-forward position which has worked marvels for him. The ₤130,000- a-week ace has scored 87 goals considering that the start of the 2016/17 season.
Mertens will turn 33 next month however he need to still stay an important addition to the Blues squad and might contribute at a high level for the next number of seasons at the least.
On The Other Hand, there has been the recommendation that Giroud might possibly leave the capital outfit during the summer in spite of the fact that the club just recently extended his offer.
According toGoal com, Lampard’s side took the decision to lengthen Giroud’s remain in order to safeguard his worth and they can now limit him from signing up with London competitors Tottenham Hotspur on a Bosman move.
Lazio and Inter Milan are amongst the Italian clubs, who are keeping an eye on the 2018 World Cupwinner When the season concludes however the Blues will be able to command a transfer fee, Giroud might press for a departure.
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