Napoli ‘takes important steps in binding Dries Mertens to a new deal’ while Manchester United, Chelsea and Arsenal are waiting to see if they can sign Belgian for free transfer in the summer
- Dries Mertens is without a contract in June and very popular throughout Europe
- The Napoli star became the club’s top scorer on Tuesday night
- Napoli has taken important steps to tie him to a new deal, reports say
- The player’s lawyers outlined three reasons why he still has to sign the contract offered
Napoli has taken great steps in their attempt to bind Dries Mertens to a new contract, as reports suggest that he is getting closer to the end of his contract.
Chelsea, Manchester United and Arsenal are among the clubs interested in signing the Belgian superstar, and the first made a final attempt to sign him on the January deadline.
His contract expires in the summer, and although many expect him to leave the club for free, there is now new hope that they can bind him to a new contract.
Dries Mertens (left) became the all-time top scorer of Napoli on Tuesday evening with 121
CalcioMercato report that the representatives of Mertens club chairman Aurelio de Laurentiis have made clear why Mertens has yet to sign a new deal, for three reasons.
Mertens wants a three-year deal, but can still accept two, and there are problems with the fixed salary and registration fees, according to the report.
The 32-year-old is in an excellent position when it comes to negotiating, as he became the club’s top scorer of all time this week after offsetting against Barcelona.
His 121st goal in the club’s colors brought him on an equal footing with Marek Hamsik, and Napoli will be desperate not to lose one of their greatest legends with a free transfer.
Elsewhere, Inter Milan and Monaco have also shown interest and Mertens will certainly have no shortage of options if he decides to leave San Paolo.
The 32-year-old is without a contract in the summer, but can still sign a deal to stay with the club