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Dries Mertens considering transfer U-turn after Arsenal and Chelsea interest

Dries Mertens seems destined to extend his stay seven-year stay at Napoli in reports that will disappoint Arsenal and Chelsea , both of whom had shown an interest in the forward.

Mertens is out of contract at the end of the season and has been free to negotiate with other clubs.

Reports earlier this month claimed that Arsenal and Chelsea had held discussions with the Belgian’s entourage ahead of a potential free transfer in the summer.

But according to Italian journalist Gianluca Di Marzio, the 32-year-old is now open to extending his contract with the Serie A outfit.

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Napoli are in the midst of a dismal season, currently sitting 11th in the table, although they have a Champions League tie with Barcelona awaiting them next month.

Mertens, who scored twice against Liverpool in the group stage, has netted 118 goals in 300 appearances for the club and has bagged nine times in all competitions for them this term.

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Di Marzio claims that Mertens ‘would still like to wear the blue of Napoli’ and a contract renewal has become a real possibility.

The report states that the dialogue between player and club has reopened and is very much ‘alive’, but the attacker is yet to put pen to paper on a new deal.

Napoli boss Gennaro Gattuso remained coy on the rumours surrounding Mertens’ future when asked about the striker’s contract situation last week.

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“I am not talking about contracts, I am already struggling to do my job,” Gattuso said. “Nobody has knocked on my door, they know who they need to talk to but as I say, nobody has spoken to me.”

Juventus are also reportedly interested in the former PSV Eindhoven ace, who turned down an offer from West Ham recently.

Arsenal and Chelsea, meanwhile, are preparing to go…

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