Chelsea manager Frank Lampard is reportedly keen on bringing Napoli’s Dries Mertens to his squad but the forward is undecided about leaving Naples.
Italian transfer expert Vincenzo Morabito claimed Chelsea are still interested in the 32-year-old despite Giroud’s reported one-year contract extension.
Speaking to Radio Kiss Kiss (as reported by Football Italia) Morabito said: “Chelsea have now extended Giroud’s contract as a precaution, but they are very interested in Mertens and Lampard is calling him almost every day. I can see Mertens going to Chelsea”
But Belgian journalist Kristof Terreur who also wrote the story on Het Laatste Nieuws has slammed the claim that Lampard has been in contact with Mertens “almost every day”.
He said on Twitter: “Frank Lampard isn’t calling Dries Mertens every day, though he is still very interested.
“One of the dilemmas at the moment: Mertens still isn’t Napoli’s sole club top scorer — joint with (Marek) Hamsik.
“Lampard likes him a lot, also because he can cover a few positions.”
Mertens is currently sharing the all-time top scorer spot with teammate Hamsik and according to the report, he could stay for another year to cement his place in the club’s record books.
Compared to last season, Mertens has seen significant drops in league appearances and consequently goals.
The Belgium international has had just six goals and one assist in 21 Serie A appearances, while he recorded 16 goals and 11 assists in 35 appearances last term.
Mertens is notoriously versatile, capable of playing in pretty much in every attacking position.
However, Lampard is not lacking options for advanced midfield positions either, which raises questions of the need for a versatile forward.
Also, Mertens’ age would not be well-received by the Chelsea board who have repeatedly refused to offer a one-year deal to players over 30.