Chelsea set to miss out on Dries Mertens transfer after £40m demand from Napoli

Chelsea are set to miss out on signing Napoli forward Dries Mertens as he is not keen to leave the Serie A side, it has been claimed.

The Blues are understood to be looking to bring in a new striker this month to allow Olivier Giroud to leave the club.

England international Tammy Abraham has led the line admirably in his first season in charge, but Frank Lampard has been left wanting by the cover of Giroud and Michy Batshuayi.

Chelsea have been linked with experienced Belgium frontman Mertens as a hot fix to any issues in the goal scoring department.

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But ESPN report that he is not interested in leaving the club, despite interest from the Premier League side as he enters the final six months of his contract.

Furthermore, Napoli have slapped a £40m price tag on his head, meaning completing a deal would make him the second-most expensive signing over the age of 32.

Lampard hinted last weekend that he was keen to bring in a new striker before the transfer window ends this month.

Chelsea’s French striker Olivier Giroud is expected to leave the club
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‘We got a punishment in the summer and it is meant to hurt you,” the former midfielder said.

“We lost one of the biggest players in our history in Eden Hazard. That is the situation.

“My job is to work every day on the training ground to make the players better.

“The other part is looking at how we can move forward by bringing in players.

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“We lost ground last summer and we need to make moves now to take us forward. I have a strong feeling of where we can improve personnel-wise to take us forward.

“So for me it’s clear. The money of it is not my job but I have to be honest and truthful. Short-term recruitment is something we have to get right.”


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