Sunday March 1 2020
Mertens agrees new Napoli contract

Dries Mertens met with Napoli President Aurelio De Laurentiis today and it’s reported he agreed a new two-year contract.

Photographs emerged this afternoon of Mertens sitting outside at lunch with the club patron.

According to multiple sources, including Sky Sport Italia expert Gianluca Di Marzio, the meeting was meant to be a discussion, but proved far more fruitful than either party expected.

It’s reported Napoli have agreed to give Mertens a hefty signing-on fee of €2m, with a two-year contract worth €4.5m per season plus another €1m in performance-related bonuses.

Mertens is now the joint all-time Napoli goalscorer with 121 goals, on a par with Marek Hamsik, equalling the record during a 1-1 Champions League draw with Barcelona.

His deal had been due to expire in June, with Manchester United, Chelsea and above all Inter eager to sign him as a free agent.