Dries Mertens transfer latest: Manchester United make shock late move as Chelsea end interest

Chelsea look like they will not add striker reinforcements to their team during the January transfer window.

In fact, the Blues will not be adding any reinforcements at all.

The Blues went to the Court of Arbitration for Sport to halve their two-window transfer embargo handed down by FIFA, but have failed to sign anyone this winter.

Frank Lampard’s search have centred around bring a striker in to ease the weight on Tammy Abraham’s shoulder.

One player they were linked heavily with was Dries Mertens.

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

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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.

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 injury.

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