How Chelsea could line up with Dries Mertens with Blues ‘still keen’ on transfer

Chelsea are reportedly still interested in signing Napoli forward Dries Mertens this summer despite missing out on him in January.

The Belgian is out of contract at the end of the season and could make the move to Stamford Bridge on a free transfer.

Manager Frank Lampard has impressed in his first season in charge at the club and has already confirmed the addition of Ajax star Hakim Ziyech for around £38m.

There are a number of other positions the Blues will be keen to strengthen this summer and owner Roman Abrahmovic has been urged to back Lampard with money to spend in the summer.

Dries Mertens of Napoli has been linked with a move to Chelsea as he contract runs down
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Kepa Arrizabalaga may have cost the club a bumper £72m but the Spaniard did fall out of favour with Lampard earlier in the season and could be offloaded.

AC Milan stopper Gianluigi Donnarumma has been mooted as a potential replacement between the sticks.

Left-back is a problem area for the Blues, with both Emerson Palmieri and Marcos Alonso making a number of defensive errors this season.

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Leicester ace Ben Chilwell is considered to be Chelsea’s top target and they could secure his services for a fee of around £50m.

The England international would significantly strengthen their back line and allow Lampard to play with a back four rather than the back five formation he has favoured this season.

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In midfield, new signing Ziyech will likely play as a number 10 and the change in system could see young star Billy Gilmour partner N’Golo Kante in the centre of the park.

The potential addition of Mertens would see him replace Willian, who appears to be on his way out of the club after failing to come to…


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