- Dries Mertens open to the idea of working with Maurizio Sarri again.
- Mertens turns 32 in May, meaning any deal materialising is unlikely.
- Would you like to see us sign Mertens? Let us know @TalkChelsea.
Napoli star Dries Mertens has hinted that he would be open to the idea of reuniting with Maurizio Sarri at some point in the future.
Mertens was tentatively linked with Chelsea in the summer. Upon Sarri’s arrival, essentially the entire Napoli squad were speculated to be potential targets for the Blues, yet only Jorginho arrived.
There was talk of a non-belligerence agreement in the deal which took Sarri from Napoli to Chelsea, stating that he would not be able to use our financial power as a means to dismantle his former club.
Months has passed, though, and if said agreement did exist, it’s unlikely to be valid till the end of time. Napoli’s best players could reemerge on our transfer radar, and Mertens may be an option explored by the club.
If we were to make a move to sign him, you get the idea from Mertens’ comments to the Times that he would jump at the chance of working with Sarri again:
“I love it here. but maybe in one year, I’m free, so maybe you never know, maybe Sarri is going to call me. We will see.”
Mertens is an incredibly talented player. If you’re someone who would regularly bet on Chelsea, you’d probably stick a decent amount of money on Sarri being incredibly keen on reuniting with the Belgian.
The most impressive, and certainly most prolific, seasons of Mertens’ career came working under Sarri at the Stadio San Paolo. There’s also the added bonus of his pre-existent understanding with Eden Hazard and Michy Batshuayi.
There’s a but – Mertens turns 32 in May, no matter how talented you are, you’d do well to convince the Chelsea board to recruit you.
The club have a policy of only offering players over the age of 30 a rolling one-year contract. With Mertens being 32, likely demanding considerable wages and a hefty sign-on fee , which is usually included in the recruitment of free agents, we’d deem this unlikely.
What do you think, Blues? Let us know on Twitter @TalkChelsea.