Dries Mertens: Lampard makes daily calls to Napoli winger for summer move

Dries Mertens: Lampard makes daily calls to Napoli winger for summer move

- Dries Mertens has reportedly been contacted by Frank Lampard through daily phone calls

- The 32-year-old's contract with Napoli expires at the end of the season

- Mertens has also been wooed by Chelsea during the January transfer window

Dries Mertens has been a long target for Chelsea as reports claim Frank Lampard has been calling the Napoli star on a daily basis.

The Belgian winger has been approached by the Blues before the January window but were told he wanted to break the club's goal scoring record.

West Ham also joined in the race for the 32-year-old and placed a bid of around £8.5million for his services knowing full well that his contract expires at the end of the season.

But according to transfer expert Vincenzo Morabito, Chelsea are set to doing everything possible to land Mertens at Stamford Bridge.

"I was working on the Olivier Giroud issue when Mertens was meant to leave Chelsea in January, with a lucrative contract line up for Mertens.

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"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," he told Radio Kiss Kis Napoli.

Sky Sports reporter Gianluca Di Marzio also backed Morabito's claims, saying the Lampard has already spoken to Mertens.

He said: "Chelsea have wanted Dries Mertens since January."

"In January, they offered €10m despite his contract ending in June. But Napoli said no because they wanted him to break the club's record of goals.

"Now his contract is ending and, in this moment, he is not renewing with Napoli. The deal with Napoli is in a difficult way and I know Chelsea want him again.

"They are talking to his representatives, Frank Lampard has spoken to the player and they are pushing forward to convince Mertens to accept their offer."

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The Special One's tactics paid off as Didier Drogba scored the winner in extra time to clinch the FA Cup for the London club.

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