According to various sources, Maurizio Sarri hopes that he can be reunited with Napoli forward Dries Mertens, who has hinted that he would also be happy to do so.
Sarri worked with Mertens in his time at Napoli, and managed to transform him from a winger into a prolific goalscoring striker. When he first started playing as a 'false 9' up front, Mertens scored 34 goals in 46 games in 2016/17, and then another 22 the year after.
He can still play as either a striker or winger, meaning that he could replace either Morata or one of Chelsea's wingers, and would help to solve Chelsea's lack of goals coming from their strike force, as well as link up well with fellow Belgian Eden Hazard.
Mertens has repeatedly expressed how much he enjoyed working with Sarri at Napoli, saying that he was like a 12th player on the field and always appeared to be thinking about football, and has now hinted that he could join Sarri soon.
His contract expires in Summer 2020 and Napoli are struggling to tie him down to a new deal, so it seems fairly likely that he could join Sarri in the near future. Mertens said himself that when his contract expires, he wouldn't be surprised if he got a call from Sarri asking him to join him at Chelsea, and suggested that he'd be open to the offer.
However, Mertens also said that he is still very happy at Napoli, and it is believed that Chelsea would struggle to convince Napoli's President to agree to the deal. It has been revealed by Elseid Hysaj's agent that Aurelio De Laurentiis blocked Chelsea's offers for Hysaj last Summer because he didn't want Sarri to take any former players of his, other than Jorginho, on his way to London.
Thoughts? 💭 Would this be a good signing?
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