According to the football transfer rumours in British media, Arsenal are linked with shock Dries Mertens move.
The 33-year-old has been with Napoli since 2013, having signed for the club from PSV for 9.48 million euros. The Belgium international’s current deal expires in 2022.
The striker has banged in 5 goals and provided 7 assists in 20 matches for Napoli this term on all fronts.
The 33-year-old is considered to be one of the best strikers in Belgium.
His record for Belgium is also impressive. Mertens has scored 21 goals in 94 matches for Belgium at senior level.
The Gunners are looking to sign a striker and have identified the 33-year-old as potential transfer target.
Mikel Arteta is a firm fan of Napoli striker and Arsenal could make a move for the player if the financial aspect makes sense.
Arsenal are in the market for just a handful of statement signings who can improve the first-team.
Dries Mertens is a dynamic striker, who possesses good technical skills and ball control. He has the talent to play many roles in attack.
According to the report,”Arsenal are lining up a sensational move for Napoli striker Dries Mertens. Sky Sports says the Gunners are making a push to bring the 33 year-old striker to England at the end of this season. Mertens resisted a move to Chelsea last summer, choosing to sign a new dal with Napoli instead. However, despite having a deal to 2022 now with the Azzurri, it’s suggested Mertens wishes to seek “a new challenge” and is tempted by interest from Arsenal. The Belgian has scored four goals and produced six assists in 13 Serie A games this season.”
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Napoli are not in a position where they need to sell and would like to keep hold of the striker, but right offer may force the club to consider a deal.
Dries Mertens ideal fit for Arsenal?
If Dries Mertens is available for the right price, then he could be a clever acquisition for Arsenal.
The 33-year-old would be a very good addition for Arsenal and they can afford him as well.
A striker of Mertens’ ceiling will be a massive addition to Arsenal squad as he will not only improve the overall quality of Mikel Arteta’s starting XI but also add some stability and variety to his attacking department.
Stylistically, he would be a great fit in Arsenal.
How strong that interest is and whether Arsenal will make a move remains to be seen but it is certainly one worth keeping an eye on.
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Bologna-born Giuseppe Bianchi has spent more than a decade living in Rome and writing about Italian football, Spanish football and the Premier League for various Italian football portals and now he writes about European football for Euro Football Rumours. He's been thinking about football transfers pretty much nonstop since the 1990 FIFA World Cup in Italy. Aside from writing, he likes to spend his time fishing and rock climbing.