Chelsea and Napoli in talks for striker Dries Mertens
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The Blues are looking to sing ta striker tehse days.

And they have set their eyes on Mertens.

Chelsea are negotiating with Serie A side Napoli in attempt to lure Dries Mertens. The Belgian’s current contract expires in the summer, which should allow the Blues to get him on the cheap if negotiations go smoothly.

According to Sky Italia, Napoli had offered Mertens to the Premier League outfit on a six-month loan deal, but Chelsea refused. Now, the Blues are willing to bid €6-7 million to sign the striker in January and Gennaro Gattuso’s side are yet to accept this offer.

The 32-year-old is in the twilight years of his career, but he is still one of the most potent goal scorers in European football. In the Champions League this season alone, the Belgian has scored five times in just six games, including a goal in the 1-1 draw away at Liverpool.

Goals have been slightly harder to come by in Serie A, with Mertens mustering just four in his 16 appearances. However, Mertens scored 62 goals in his three previous league campaigns for Napoli, which is a mighty impressive return. Chelsea’s young squad are crying out for experience and Mertens could provide just that.



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