Chelsea have actually been fancied to land the signature of Dries Mertens on a free transfer with manager Frank Lampard stated to be calling him practically daily.
The west London side had actually tried to sign the Belgium international in January however a offer did not materialise prior to the transfer due date.
This accompanied their decision to keep hold of Olivier Giroud and it has actually just recently been reported that they have actually extended the Frenchman’s contract till June 2021.
Still, Mertens has actually been regularly linked with a move to Stamford Bridge and Vincenzo Morabito, who functions as a transfer intermediary for a number of Italian clubs, has actually exposed that the Blues are ‘very interested’ in the Belgian.
He added that Mertens was unable to join the Blues at the start of the year however might do so during the summer with Lampard ‘calling him almost every day’ to lure him to the club.
“Mertens had originally said he wanted to stay at Napoli, but then his lawyer started offering him to various international clubs, meaning something changed between the player and the Azzurri,” He informed Radio Kiss Kiss Napoli (h/tGoal com)
” I understand this due to the fact that I was working on the Olivier Giroud problem when he was suggested to leave Chelsea in January, with a rewarding contract lined up forMertens
“Chelsea have now extended Giroud’s contract as a precaution, but they are very interested in Mertens and Lampard is calling him almost every day. I can see Mertens going to Chelsea.”
Mertens’ present handle Napoli ends at the end of June and he has actually obviously stalled on the Italian club’s offer of a two-year extension.
Still, he is most likely to stay with them for a minimum of a month beyond his contract such that he can finish the season, which has actually been postponed due to the coronavirus pandemic.
On The Other Hand, Lampard might be without skilled players such as Willian and Pedro when their agreements end during the summer which might be a factor behind the pursuit of Mertens.
Apart from the Blues, the likes of Liverpool and Newcastle United have actually likewise been credited with an interest in the ₤130,000-a- week star, who can play anywhere throughout the attack.
Jurgen Klopp’s side are apparently prepared to hand him a three-year contract and the Blues might have to make a comparable proposition in order to persuade him to join them.
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