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Chelsea enter Dries Mertens transfer talks as Frank Lampard eyes Napoli star ‘immediately’

Chelsea are locked in talks with Napoli over a potential deal to sign Dries Mertens “immediately”, according to reports in Italy.

Frank Lampard is keen to get his hands on another forward before the January transfer window closes, but has seemingly failed in his attempt to prise Moussa Dembele away from Lyon.

Paris St-Germain frontman Edinson Cavani, who has handed in a transfer request at the Parc des Princes, and AC Milan counterpart Krzysztof Piatek have also been linked with moves to Stamford Bridge.

Nevertheless, it is Napoli star Mertens who looks to have emerged as Lampard’s top transfer target.

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Italian journalist Gianluca Di Marzio claims Chelsea are desperate to bring Mertens to the Premier League this month and not when his current contract expires in the summer.

It is believed the Blues are currently discussing a potential switch with Napoli, offering the Serie A outfit around £6m to get a deal over the line before Friday’s transfer deadline.

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Lampard and co are yet to hear if that offer has been accepted, yet they have rejected a proposal from Napoli that would see Mertens rejoin them on loan until the end of the season.

The Belgian has racked up 300 appearances for Gli Azzurri since joining from PSV in 2013, scoring 118 goals and winning the Coppa Italia in 2013/14.

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He would provide competition – or potentially act as a strike partner – for star Blues marksman Tammy Abraham in attack, with Michy Batshuayi and Olivier Giroud failing to impress as support acts this season.

Giroud has been angling for a move away from Stamford Bridge in January after falling down the pecking order under Lampard in the 2019/20 campaign.

A potential deal for Mertens could allow Olivier Giroud to leave Stamford Bridge
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