Chelsea in talks to sign Napoli forward Dries Mertens

Belgium star available for low fee as he is out of contract at Napoli in summer

Napoli's Dries Mertens celebrates scoring against Liverpool
Image: Napoli's Dries Mertens is out of contract in the summer

Chelsea are in talks to sign Napoli forward Dries Mertens as they attempt to bring in an attacking player late in the transfer window.

The 32-year-old Belgium international, who is out of contract this summer, would cost at least £5m and is also interesting Inter Milan.

Chelsea head coach Frank Lampard has become increasingly frustrated by lack of signings this month, particularly in an attacking area.

Mertens can play in any position across the front three and is being lined up to replace Olivier Giroud, who has been linked with a move away from Stamford Bridge.

From 16 appearances in Serie A this season, Dries Mertens has scored four goals from 47 shots, with above-average numbers for touches in the opposition box and crosses attempted
Image: From 16 appearances in Serie A this season, Mertens has scored four goals from 47 shots, with above-average numbers for touches in the opposition box and crosses attempted

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