Dries Mertens: Chelsea in talks with Napoli over transfer move for Belgian star

Dries Mertens: Chelsea in talks with Napoli over transfer move for Belgian star

- Dries Mertens could be joining Chelsea before the winter transfer window closes

- The Belgian star has just six months left on his current deal with Napoli

- The 32-year-old has scored just four goals in 16 Serie A appearances so far

Chelsea are reportedly planning to lure Napoli forward Dries Mertens to the Stamford Bridge before the winter transfer window closes.

The 32-year-old Belgian has scored nine goals and two assists in 22 appearances across competitions this campaign.

His current deal with the Serie A giants expires at the end of this season and the Blues are hoping they can bring him to the Premier League for the remainder of the season.

However, Give Me Sport, reports that Frank Lampard wants to sign the Belgian forward and strengthen his frontline.

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According to Di Marzio journalist, Francesco Porzio claims representatives are already in talks ahead of a possible move.

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Mertens will be 33 in May but he remains one of the best attackers in the world with double figures in Serie A in the last three seasons.

The forward has also recorded five Champions League goals in six matches so far this term - with his goal helping his side force Liverpool to 1-1 draw at Anfield late last year.

Meanwhile, his move to the Premier League might revive his scoring career having managed just four goals in 16 Serie A games so far.

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The Belgian was responsible for 62 goals in the last three league campaigns and his experience would count for the Blues.

Blues boss Frank Lampard has also been linked with a move for out-of-favour Paris Saint Germain forward Edinson Cavani.

The Uruguayan forward fell off with PSG manager Thomas Tuchel since the arrival of Mauro Icardi from Inter last summer.

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However, their refusal to agree to the player's £360,000-a-week wage demand remains the stumbling block to the deal.

Mertens reportedly pockets around £120,000-a-week at Napoli which is low enough to not disrupt the current wage structure at Chelsea.

Legit.ng earlier reported that Chelsea are now on the verge of losing one of their youngsters Tariq Lamptey after being linked with a summer move to French side Lille.

The 19-year-old defender whose contract at Stamford Bridge will expire at the end of the season is reportedly in talks with Lille over a move to France.

And if Chelsea want him to remain at Stamford Bridge, then they will have to offer the Englishman an impressive new deal that will convince him to stay.

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