Inter's interest in Dries Mertens is getting stronger, and the parties seem to get closer day by day. The Belgian is considered one of the main leaders of the crawl space that hit the Naples dressing room. With the contract expiring in June 2020, it could be a bargain for Inter.
DEPARTURE – Inter could form a fully Belgian pair. To Romelu Lukaku , in fact, could be added Dries Mertens . The Belgian is increasingly at odds with the leadership of Naples , thanks to a negotiation for the very slow renewal. At some point, this negotiation was completely blocked by Aurelio De Laurentiis . The volcanic Neapolitan president is not willing to grant the gratitude that Mertens believes he deserves, thanks also to the 117 networks in 7 years . Here then is that Inter is ready to enter: Antonio Conte looked for Mertens already at the time of Chelsea , and would be willing – finally – to embrace him.
FAVORABLE CONDITIONS – The chances of Mertens arriving at Inter are also favored by economic conditions. In fact, the Belgian contract expires in June 2020 , and therefore it would reach zero. Furthermore, the contract adjustment requested from Napoli ( three-year from 4.5 million per season ) does not scare Giuseppe Marotta , although the age of Mertens (class of '87) pushes to be cautious.
POSITION IN THE FIELD – Mertens was born and grew up in the Netherlands as an attacking outsider , with a clear preference for the left zone (although he kicked very well with both feet). Even at the foot of the Vesuvius merry-go-round in that area for the first three years, then the arrival of Maurizio Sarri incredibly turned the career of the Belgian. Deployed as a false nueve , Mertens scores 34 goals in the 2016/17 season , and never stops. At the moment it is at 117 goals with the Neapolitans: only 4 less than the Marek Hamsik recordman, already two more than the imperishable Neapolitan idol Diego Armando Maradona .
IN INTER – And Conte could use it in the same way, although with tasks more like a second striker than a striker. Mertens could gravitate around Lukaku as Lautaro Martinez does now, of which the Belgian could be an excellent backup . Moreover, physical integrity also plays in favor of Mertens: Inter could also consider it a low-cost alternative to long-term caregiver Alexis Sanchez .
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