Chelsea manager Frank Lampard is so keen on sealing a move for Napoli star Dries Mertens that he calls the Belgian “almost every day,” according to transfer intermediary Vincenzo Morabito.
The Napoli forward was heavily linked with a move to Stamford Bridge in January but ended up staying in Serie A with his contract set to expire in the summer.
However, Morabito has suggested that Chelsea could be leading the way to signing Mertens in the summer.
“Mertens had originally said he wanted to stay at Napoli, but then his lawyer started offering him to various international clubs, meaning something changed between the player and the Azzurri,” he told Radio Kiss Kiss Napoli (h/t Football Italia).
“I know this because I was working on the Olivier Giroud issue when he was meant to leave Chelsea in January, with a lucrative contract line up for Mertens.
Chelsea have now extended Giroud’s contract as a precaution, but they are very interested in Mertens and Lampard is calling him almost every day. I can see Mertens going to Chelsea.”
Mertens has 12 goals and six assists in 29 games across all competitions this season. He recently became Napoli’s all-time leading scorer when he netted his 121st goal, taking him ahead of Marek Hamsik.
Chelsea have already signed Hakim Ziyech from Ajax who will join up with the squad on July 1.