Monday December 30 2019
Atletico Madrid join Mertens chase

Dries Mertens has not agreed a Napoli extension, so Atletico Madrid have joined the list of clubs interested in the Belgian hitman.

His contract is due to expire at the end of the season and there is a €10m release clause valid for the first 10 days in January, only for clubs outside of Italy.

Inter, Manchester United, Carlo Ancelotti’s Everton and teams in China have all been linked with a bid for Mertens.

Now Spanish newspaper AS claims Atletico Madrid are also keeping an eye on his situation, seeing him as an alternative to Edinson Cavani from Paris Saint-Germain.

Mertens is 32 years old and only started playing as a centre-forward under Maurizio Sarri, but remains a winger for Belgium.

It remains to be seen where he’ll feature under new Napoli coach Gennaro Gattuso’s 4-3-3 formation, but he has scored nine goals with four assists in 22 competitive games so far this season.

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