Dries Mertens latest: Chelsea chiefs open talks, Arsenal approach, Tottenham interest

Chelsea are eyeing a late move for Dries Mertens, according to reports.

The Napoli striker is out of contract at the end of the season, and it has been suggested that the Serie A side could cash in on the Belgian this month.

Arsenal and Chelsea have both been touted as potential destinations for the former PSV star, but will either of the London sides make a serious move for the forward?

Here’s everything that has been said about Mertens’ future in recent months.

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Mertens’ contract

The 32-year-old is yet to agree a new deal with Napoli and is available on a free transfer once his contract expires at the end of the season and is able to sign a pre-contract agreement with club’s outside of Italy as of January 1st.

Mertens has been a huge success since moving to Napoli from PSV Eindhoven, with 118 goals in 304 games across all competitions.

However, all the signs are pointing towards the two parties splitting at some point in 2020.

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£10m transfer

Despite Mertens being available on a free transfer in five months time, Arsenal are said to be looking at bringing the Belgium international to the Emirates Stadium this month.

The Express stated that Napoil have made the experienced forward available for a bargain price of just £10m in the January transfer window having not been able to agree terms over a new contract.

However, it’s not that straightforward.

Dries Mertens in action for Napoli against Genk in the Champions League.
(Image: (Photo by Francesco Pecoraro/Getty Images))

Calciomercato report that Juventus cannot be ruled out as a possible destination – with the Turin outfit regularly landing free agents in recent years.

Spurs interest

The Gunners’ bitter north London rivals Tottenham Hotspur are in the market for a new striker after losing Harry Kane for at least three months to…