Confirmed: Man United are chasing £25m release clause Belgian star

October 13, 2017

According to the former director of Napoli, Manchester United are keeping tabs on Napoli in-form winger Dries Mertens, who confirmed his £25 million release clause.

Despite only signing a new contract deal with Serie A giants back in May, the explosive Belgian continues to be linked with a move to a bigger club off the back of a stunning campaign last season, in which he scored 28 goals.

Having been moved into a more advanced role, the former PSV star enjoyed the most productive season of his career to date by far, and has continued in much the same vein this term.

Despite turning 30 in May, Napoli No.14 attracted plenty of interest over the summer, with Chelsea and Man United both linked even though Napoli were expected to demand a massive fee.

But now the ex-director of the club Pierpaolo Marino appears to have confirmed the existence of a €28m (£25m) release clause – and, more importantly, United’s interest.

‘The €28m clause is likely to be a low price even if he is 30,’ Marino told Italian newspaper Tuttosport. ‘It turns out that United are following him very closely.’ Mertens already has a good relationship with several of United’s players, lining up alongside summer signing Romelu Lukaku for Belgium.