It’s been a transfer window full of surprises, and Roma could be set to carry on this trend.
The Belgium international joined Napoli from PSV for a fee in the region of 9.48 million euros in July 2013. His contract expires in the summer of 2020.
Mertens made 235 appearances across all competitions for Napoli, scoring 90 goals and supplying 58 assists in return.
The 31-year-old is considered to be one of the best forwards in Belgium.
His record for Belgium is also impressive. Mertens has scored 15 goals in 72 matches for Belgium at senior level.
The Belgium international performances have seen him become the target of many European clubs including Roma.
Monchi wants to sign a new forward and Dries Mertens is one of the names at the top of his wishlist.
The report claims that Roma manager has extensively scouted Dries Mertens and is considering a move for the forward.
Roma will be in the market for just a handful of statement signings who can improve the first-team.
Dries Mertens has the talent to play many roles in attack.
According to Football Italia (via La Repubblica), “Roma are considering a proposal for Napoli forward Dries Mertens and would return him to his wide role, according to La Repubblica. His career was transformed by Maurizio Sarri when used as a False 9 in the absence of injured Arkadiusz Milik and hasn’t stopped scoring since. For Belgium at the World Cup, Mertens is back in his old position on the left wing, providing assistance to centre-forward Romelu Lukaku. La Repubblica newspaper claims that Roma are interested in giving Mertens that role next to Edin Dzeko. The €28m release clause in his contract was only valid for clubs outside of Italy and expired on June 15, so any approach must be made direct with President Aurelio De Laurentiis.
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Napoli are not in a position where they need to sell and would like to keep hold of the forward, but right offer may force the club to consider a deal.
Undoubtedly he would be a fantastic recruit for Roma.
Roma fans would certainly love to see him arrive at the club this summer.