Chelsea transfer target prefer joining Euro rivals
Chelsea are apparently observing their odds of landing Napoli forward Dries Mertens fall as he prefer signing a deal with Serie A giants Inter Milan.
The 33-year-old has set up himself as the Partenopei’s as all time top goalscorer after a splendid spell in Naples, however it looks set to reach a conclusion this summer as his present contract is set to end.
Mertens has scored 121 goals and 73 assists 311 appearances for the Italian outfit, so combined with his experience at international level with Belgium, there is little uncertainty that he could be an incredible addition to most teams around Europe even as he enters the last phases of his career.
With question marks hanging over Olivier Giroud, Pedro and Willian as their separate contracts lapse this summer as well, Frank Lampard may have a reshuffle attack ahead of him to guarantee that he has enough quality and profundity and Mertens has been seriously connected with a move, as confirmed by the Sun.
According to Calciomercato however, via paper edition of Corriere dello Sport, while it’s recommended that the Blues and Napoli can’t be altogether limited from the condition presently.
It’s not expounded upon as far as what those records involve, however it recommends that Inter Milan are edging nearer and nearer to agreeing to snap up the Belgian ace, with a signing on bonus and add-ons touted as the main potential obstacles left in negotiations.
That doesn’t paint an especially positive picture most definitely as it appears just as Mertens is slipping away and drawing nearer to joining Inter Milan ahead of next season, thus Lampard and the Blues may well need to either act fast to attempt to seize a deal or start looking somewhere else to support his attacking options.