Transfer: Chelsea prepare to sign Mertens

Chelsea are considering a late move for Napoli forward, Dries Mertens.

According to Gianluca Di Marzio, Mertens has emerged as a shocking transfer target for the Blues.

The Italian newspaper reports that the Belgium international is being discussed by Chelsea board as an option to bring in before Friday’s transfer deadline.

Mertens, 32, has scored four goals in 16 Serie A games for Napoli this campaign.

Chelsea manager, Frank Lampard recently admitted that the Stamford Bridge club need to sign a new creative forward following the departure of Eden Hazard to Real Madrid.

He said: “There will be discussions about where we can strengthen. “The transfer window will be a bit fluid.

“It is quite clear in the summer we lost Eden Hazard who has been a huge part of scoring and creating for us in the last few seasons. We need more competition in those creative areas.”


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