Napoli have made significant strides in their bid to tie down Dries Mertens to a new contract as he edges ever closer to the expiry of his agreement, according to reports.
Chelsea, Arsenal and Manchester United are among the clubs interested in signing the Belgian superstar, and the former made a last-ditch attempt to sign him on deadline day in the winter.
His deal expires in the summer, and while many expect him to leave the club on a free, there is now fresh hope that they can tie him down to a new contract.
CalcioMercato report that Dries Mertens’ representatives have made it clear to club president Aurelio de Laurentiis why Dries Mertens is yet to sign a new deal, detailing three reasons.
Dries Mertens wants a three-year deal, but could yet accept two, and there are issues with the fixed salary and the signing-on fee, according to the report.
The 32-year-old ace is in an excellent position when it comes to selling, given he became the club’s joint all-time top goalscorer this week after netting versus Barcelona.
His 121st goal in the club’s colours took him to level with Marek Hamsik, and Napoli will be desperate not to lose one of their biggest legends on a free move.
Elsewhere, Monaco and Inter Milan have also expressed an interest and Dries Mertens will certainly not be short of options should he decide to leave the San Paolo.