Arsenal & Man Utd Could Sign Serie A Forward In Bargain £25m Deal
Arsenal and Manchester United are ready to battle it out over the signing of Dries Mertens after it emerged his release clause is set at just £25m
The transfer window may be closed but managers are working hard on their plans for the summer so we’ll bring you all the latest gossip from around the globe. Today, Arsenal and Man Utd are linked with Dries Mertens…
Arsenal and Manchester United are ready to battle it out over the signing of Dries Mertens after it emerged his release clause is set at just £25m, according to the Sun.
Mertens made his name at PSV Eindhoven but has really announced himself as a top class forward since joining Napoli in 2013 as he’s provided 89 goals and 58 assists in his 232 appearances.
The Belgian international has played a key role in Napoli going toe-to-toe with Juventus for the Serie A title this season having scored 21 goals and provided a further 12 assists in his 46 games.
The 30-year-old’s performances have caught the attention of several European clubs and the Sun claims Arsenal and Man Utd have been put on red alert after it emerged that Mertens has a release clause set at just £25m.
His current contract has just two years left to run and the newspaper says Napoli have been locked in talks over an extension for some time with chairman Aurelio De Laurentiis desperate to tie Mertens down to a new deal.
Obviously any extension would see the forward’s release clause increase significantly so I’m sure the likes of Arsenal and United will be doing all they can to try and lure Mertens to the Premier League as £25m is a bargain in today’s market for a player of his quality.
The Sun says Napoli are hoping Mertens will sign a new deal worth £3.5m-per-season but the player could demand much more from Arsenal or United if he opted to move to England.
The Gunners need to rebuild following a disappointing campaign and whoever replaces Arsene Wenger in the Emirates hot-seat would no doubt love to have a player of Mertens’ quality at his disposal.
United are also expected to be in the market for another forward after losing Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Jose Mourinho could be eyeing Mertens as a potential replacement for Anthony Martial amid speculation over his future.
We’ll have to wait and see how things develop but I think Mertens would be an excellent signing for Arsenal or United – especially at £25m – if either club was able to sign him this summer.
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