New Chelsea Manager Wants Napoli Attacker Who Conte Tried To Sign Twice

Lynette Rowe
June 21, 2018

Chelsea have agreed compensation terms with manager Antonio Conte and his backroom staff.

One player that the Italian could pursue is Napoli's Dries Mertens, who has already been impressing at the World Cup in Russian Federation.

The 31-year-old, who scored 22 goals for the Italian League runners up last season, scored a fine goal in the Red Devils 3-0 win over Panama on Monday evening in their opening Group G game, a group that they are favourites to win.

And Chelsea aren't the only club with an interest in the forward.

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He also netted 34 times during the previous campaign after being converted to a striker by the incoming Chelsea manager.

Chelsea have been dealt a significant blow by two of their targets, Robert Lewandowski and Jean Michael Seri, as reports claim that they will not sign for the club or hold talks until the managerial situation is cleared up. With Pedro's Chelsea future uncertain as well, the need to bolster attack is urgent, with Mertens a possible solution on the right side of attack, where he will be able to link up with worldwide teammate Eden Hazard.

The Mirror report that Mertens previously had a £24.5M release clause in his Napoli contract, but that has since expired. The 55-year-old spoke of him effusively on RT last week, hailing his unifying and galvanising role playing through the centre following Alan Dzagoev's injury. On the other hand, Chelsea still have Conte on their payroll.

If Sarri is appointed manager at Chelsea, he is keen to target some of his former players, including Senegal global defender Koulibaly.

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