Napoli receive boost in quest to tie down Mertens to new deal

Napoli have made major moves in their quest to secure the future of Dries Mertens at the club by trying to tie him down to a new contract as he approaches the end of his current contract.

The likes of Chelsea, Manchester United and Arsenal are among the clubs reportedly interested in the Belgian, with Chelsea making a last-ditch attempt to sign him on deadline day of the winter transfer window in January.

His contract expires in the summer and while many expect him to leave on a free, there are fresh hopes that the club can tie him down to a new contract.

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According to CalcioMercato, Mertens’ representatives have made it clear to club president Aurelio de Laurentiis why he is yet to sign a new deal. They pointed out three reasons namely; He wants a three-year deal but could also accept two, and there are issues with the fixed salary and the signing-on fee.

Mertens, 32, is in an excellent position with regards to the negotiation as he established himself as the club’s joint all-time top goalscorer this week after scoring in the game against Barcelona. It was his 121st goal which put him on the same number with Marek Hamsik and the club won’t want to lose their legend on a free transfer.

Meanwhile, Inter Milan and Monaco have also expressed interest in Mertens who won’t be short of options if he decides to call it quits at the San Paolo.

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