Napoli respond to Chelsea’s £5m Dries Martens transfer offer

Napoli have turned down Chelsea’s offer of £5m for striker Dries Mertens, according to reports in France.

The Belgium international is out of contract with the Italian side at the end of season having been in the Serie A since 2013.

And he was thought to be the subject of interest from Chelsea, who reportedly tabled a £5m offer for the 32-year-old, and Inter Milan.

However, Le10Sport report that Napoli have turned down the offer, with Mertens not keen to leave before the summer.

Instead, the versatile attacker is expected to see out the rest of his contract and leave on a free transfer at the end of the season.

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Sky Sports’ Anton Toloui insisted a move for Martens could be the “bargain of the window”, if they can pull it off at the reported low price.

“I absolutely love this idea,” he said on Good Morning Transfers on Thursday. “I genuinely think this could be one of the bargains of the window, regardless of the fact that he’s out of contract at the end of the season.

“He’s a guy that can do everything. Dries Mertens is kind of a forgotten winger – he’s played second fiddle in the Belgium team to the likes of Romelu Lukaku and Eden Hazard and Kevin de Bruyne.

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“When there was an injury to Milik a couple of seasons ago, he moved to play centre-forward, and he exploded. He scored 28 goals in Serie A one season, then followed that up with 18, then 16.

“This guy can do everything. He brings leadership, he can play anywhere across the frontline, he can score tap-ins, he can score from outside the box.

“He has Champions League experience and he has World Cup experience.”