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Maurizio Sarri is reportedly keen to raid former employers Napoli for attacker Dries Mertens this summer.

In case you’ve been living under a rock, you’ll be well aware that Sarri is poised to take the reins at Stamford Bridge, with Antonio Conte set to be dismissed.

With the summer transfer market now in full swing, and Chelsea yet to spend a single penny, Sarri will undoubtedly get to work immediately on recruiting new players.

One player that the Italian could pursue is Napoli’s Dries Mertens, who has already been impressing at the World Cup in Russia.

The Mirror report that Mertens previously had a £24.5M release clause in his Napoli contract, but that has since expired.

Reports have suggested that part of the deal that will allow Sarri to leave Napoli will prevent Chelsea from activating any of their players’ release clauses this summer.

Though Mertens would likely now cost considerably more than he would have previously, Chelsea now have a genuine chance of prising him away from the Stadio San Paolo.

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