Chelsea are reportedly interested in Napoli centre-forward Dries Mertens.

According to Le10 Sport, the Belgian will not extend his contract with the Italian club and his contract with them expires in the summer.

It is understood that Chelsea and Inter Milan have already started discussions with the 32-year-old, while other clubs are also expected to join the race for him.

The attacker is free to join any team next summer and looks set to end a brilliant spell in Naples.

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Mertens has played 304 times for Napoli so far, scoring 118 goals and supplying 71 assists.

He is a diminutive striker renowned for his pace, skill and work-rate, something he is still showing on a weekly basis.

The forward has managed nine goals in 22 matches this season, including scoring each time Napoli faced Premier League leaders Liverpool in the Champions League group stages.

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Mertens is a high-profile goal machine across Europe that has proven himself for many years in Serie A, but he does turn 33 in May and a first taste of the Premier League would come late in his career.

He would certainly offer something different to Frank Lampard’s attack and be great competition for Tammy Abraham, which is why on a free transfer it looks like he may be worth the punt.

But the Blues are currently being linked with an entire host of players during this January transfer window and the report should be taken with a pinch of salt.

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