Football – Mercato – OM
At the end of the contract on June 30, 2022 with Napoli, Dries Mertens is currently free of any contract. Aware of the situation of the Belgian striker, OM would be on the lookout, ready to complete a new XXL transfer at 0 €. However, as Cristiano Giuntoli and Luciano Spalletti have announced, Napoli have not given up on the idea of extending Dries Mertens at all.
While his contract with the Napoli expired on June 30, Dries Mertens failed to reach an agreement with the management of the Azzurri. Thus, the Belgian international – who has not found an agreement with another club either – is currently free. Information that would not have escaped theOM of Pablo Longoria. Indeed, the club led by Igor Tudor would see with a very good eye the idea of recruiting Dries Mertens for free this summer. However, the Napoli is far from having given up for the 35-year-old striker.
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“Our desire is for them to be our players”
Present at a press conference this Saturday, Cristiano Giutoli made it clear that he was continuing to try to extend Dries Mertens. “We always talk to Mertens and there is an extraordinary relationship between Dries and the president. They spoke at length and Aurelio informed them of an offer of nearly 5 million euros gross, 2.5 million euros over two years, which was refused,” said the sports director of Naples in comments reported by Sky Sport.
“The club is making important contract offers”
In the aftermath, Luciano Spalletti also commented on the case Dries Mertens at a press conference. “Kalidou Koulibaly? I know where it will lead us if we are already talking about the market, Koulibaly, Mertens and Fabian being the most mentioned names. If they are calm and motivated, Naples can play very important matches, like last season.”confided the coach of the Naples, before affirming its desire to extend Dries Mertens.
“It will then be necessary to increase the figures of these offers”
“The club are making important contract offers, so our desire is for them to be our players. But given the difficulties football is going through, I can’t be as ruthless as most of my colleagues when talking about their clubs. It will then be necessary to increase the figures of these offers “, added Luciano Spalletti, the coach of Naples, in comments reported by TMW. It remains to be seen whether theOM will manage to thwart the azzurri plans for Dries Mertens.