Chelsea are reportedly keen on a deal for Napoli attacker Dries Mertens – and some of the club’s fans on Twitter have voiced their strong concern about the speculation.
French publication Le10 Sport claims that the Blues and Inter Milan have both already started discussions for the centre-forward.
It is understood that the 32-year-old has opted against signing a new deal with Italian outfit Napoli and his deal with them expires at the end of the season, which means he will be available on a free transfer.
The report adds that other teas are expected to join the race for the Belgium international.
Mertens is a skilful striker with great pace and dribbling technique, which has seen him be a real success in Serie A over the recent years.
He’s still a talisman in the Napoli team this season, with nine goals and four assists in 22 games across all competitions.
His eye-catching record of five goals in six Champions League group stage matches highlights he is a big-game player, especially when two of them were against the competition holders Liverpool.
A selection of Chelsea supporters on social media are not pleased by reports linking the club to the Napoli forward and the main concern is that he turns 33 in May.
But he’s proven that he can still cut it at the top level and the current Premier League top goalscorer Jamie Vardy is the same age as Mertens.
Here are some Blues fans on the Mertens speculation:
Nahhh!!!! we don’t want deadwoods, we have enough already
— Kevin G (@KevinG44333744) January 10, 2020
what is this. I thought we are building a team for the future . spend well and enjoy success. Stop causing problem 4 coach.
— Isaac (@Isaac49647549) January 10, 2020
That’s a weird way to spell Koulibaly
— Ayush Vasisth (@vasisth_ayush) January 10, 2020
Not built for the PL
— 🔜 (@sellwillian) January 10, 2020
Too old for chelsea
— Park92 (@bluesfan92) January 10, 2020
Yeah. 5 years to late I’m afraid
— mark (@markdunne4) January 9, 2020
We are doomed
— clark prince👔👓🌑☄(small town Clark) (@clarkprince1) January 9, 2020
Lmao no thanks
— K⛓️ (@heykwamzz) January 9, 2020