Napoli’s all-time top scorer Dries Mertens has agreed on a new contract extension at Napoli. This ends the speculation that he is moving to the Premier League. Several clubs in England have tried to lure the diminutive Belgium international away from Naples.
Martens sets to depart Stadio San Paolo in the summer on a free transfer with the likes of Arsenal and Chelsea linked with a move. However, this speculation was put to bed with Napoli president Aurelio De Laurentiis announcing he had signed an extension via his social media accounts.
Mertens is understood to have been quite convinced by the prospect of moving to Stamford Bridge but has performed a U-turn, signing what is thought to be a three-year deal with Napoli. It is unlikely that the 33-year-old would have received a similar length deal with the Blues, as evidenced by their dispute with Willian over his new contract.
Frank Lampard is already well equipped in the forward department with Callum Hudson-Odoi, Tammy Abraham and Christian Pulisic set to be joined by new recruits Timo Werner and Hakim Ziyech next campaign.