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Chelsea tipped to sign Napoli star on a free transfer

The rumours continue to come thick and fast as the transfer window nears the halfway stage. However, it’s a summer rumour that has now caught the attention.

According to le10sport, the Blues are in the running to sign Dries Mertens this coming summer. Yes, the French tabloid are speculating that a Belgian based in Italy is possibly signing for an English club.

Mertens turns 33 in May. Surely despite his obvious quality, Chelsea will not want to add an older player to the squad.

Then again, this is Chelsea we’re talking about. It wouldn’t be the first time a player the other side of 30 signs for the club on a short-term deal.

Looking at the other side of the coin – Mertens has bags of experience. Capped 86-times by Belgium, and nearly seven years in Naples. Mertens possesses the ability to create chances, alongside good dribbling ability, a good range of passing, and an eye for goal.

The 32-year-old also has versatility as a huge plus point. He is capable of playing as a lone striker, winger, or as a second striker. The Belgium international has scored nine-goals, and managed four-assists, in 20-appearances this season.

His best years have been the previous three seasons, although there has been a steady decline. In 2016/17 he found the back of the net on 34-occasions, adding 17-assists. The 2017/18 season, saw Mertens contribute 22-goals, and 12-assists. While last season the Belgian ended the campaign with 19-goals, and 12-assists.

It’s very unlikely Frank Lampard would see any real value in Mertens. The Blues’ legend is building for the future with young fresh talent. Pretty sure this story is just a stab in the dark from the press.

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