Incoming Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri 'wants to sign Dries Mertens'

Florence Fletcher
June 22, 2018

The agent of Maurizio Sarri reportedly touches down in London to finalise a deal for his client to become Chelsea's new manager.

That's according to CalcioNapoli24, who have really cashed-in on the continuous speculation linking Maurizio Sarri, and a host of Napoli players, with a move to Chelsea this summer.

Sarri, a former banker, has been linked with the post even before the 59-year-old stepped down from the Napoli hotseat after guiding them to runners-up spot behind Juventus for the second time in three campaigns.

Now, Sarri looks set to try his luck after telling friends that he wants to take Mertens with him to Chelsea.

Sportsmail revealed on Monday that the veteran Italian is close to replacing Antonio Conte at Stamford Bridge, with Chelsea hoping to resolve the situation this week.

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His return over the last two seasons is nothing short of impressive, with Mertens directly contributing to 83 goals in 94 appearances, missing just four games during this period.

He impressed Man United supporters with a lively display attacking through the centre during Russia's thumping opening day 5-0 win over Saudi Arabia last week.

That's where he plays for Belgium, on the opposite flank to Eden Hazard. "That view is unlikely to have changed, particularly with Mertens' £24.5 million Napoli release clause expiring last week".

But Napoli are adamant that they are due compensation if Chelsea name Sarri as their new tactician because he is under contract until 2020, with the manager's lawyers said to be arguing otherwise. It now remains to be seen if Sarri is able to convince the Chelsea board to sign Mertens and kick-start their transfer spending for the summer.

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