Dries Mertens is ‘increasingly unlikely’ to sign a new contract with Napoli and will potentially be available on a free transfer in the summer, according to reports.
Tottenham are one of several Premier League clubs to have been linked with a move for Mertens recently, with Il Mattino reporting back in November that Spurs had enquired Napoli about the availability of the Belgium international.
It was Chelsea who Mertens was heavily linked with last month but he ended up staying in Naples.
The Daily Mail have relayed a report from La Gazzetta dello Sport that suggests that the 32-year-old is likely to leave the San Paolo Stadium at the end of the season and that multiple Premier League clubs are interested in his signature.
However, the report also reveals that Inter Milan are currently leading the race for Mertens and are continuing to hold talks with the experienced forward ahead of next season.
Spurs Web Opinion
While Mertens has proven himself to be a fantastic goalscorer, he is not an out and out striker who can lead the line. What we lack is not goalscorers to take the burden of Kane but a lack of cover at centre forward. While I expect the club to bring in a striker in the summer, I believe it will be someone of Olivier Giroud’s profile rather than Mertens.
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