Four ways Dries Mertens would fit into Frank Lampard’s Chelsea starting XI

One player who is set to be on Chelsea’s radar this summer is Dries Mertens.

The 32-year-old Napoli forward has been a key member of the Italian’s side for several seasons, however the Belgian’s contract is set to end in the summer.

It would mean Mertens would become a free transfer, and with the current situation it could become the perfect type of player who Lampard could pick up.

Lampard is going to be after another forward this summer, with the Blues having failed to bring any in over the January transfer window.

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At that time, Mertens was one of the players tipped with a move to Stamford Bridge, however the move never came through and he carried on with Napoli.

But if he does leave the Italian club this summer and the Blues are able to snap him up, then where would Mertens fit into a Lampard side?

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Mertens up top

Lampard is going to be looking for a striker this summer, with Tammy Abraham setting to lead the line once again.

Olivier Giroud is set to sign a new one-year deal with the Blues, however Michy Batshuayi could well be on his way out after another disappointing season.

Mertens could add as cover in that position for the Blues, somewhere that he has played several times for Napoli.

In that position he has scored 11 goals for the Italian side the season and he certainly could add to the Blues’ options.

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Mertens on the right

The Napoli forward has the ability to play on the wings as well as through the middle, which gives Lampard a good option.

His preferred wing would be on the right, which would provide some cover and competition for Callum Hudson-Odoi and Christian Pulsic, and another option if Willian and Pedro do leave.

The 32-year-old has a lot of experience off the right, and that could really add to the threat that the…