Arsenal and Tottenham in race to sign Dries Mertens from Napoli

Dries Mertens is wanted by Arsenal and Tottenham (SIPA USA/PA Images)

Arsenal and Tottenham are in the race to sign Dries Mertens from Napoli, according to reports.

The 32-year-old’s current contract with the Serie A club expires at the end of the season and he is yet to agree a new deal.

Mertens is currently in his seventh season at Napoli and is a key part of their attack with 116 goals for the Italian club.

But Napoli risk losing the Belgium international next summer with several clubs lining up for his signature.

Mertens could be available on a free transfer next summer (Getty Images)

According to Il Mattino, both Arsenal and Tottenham have registered their interest in signing Mertens.

The report claims that both Premier League sides have ‘taken information’ on Mertens ahead of a potential move.

But Juventus, AC Milan and Inter are also reportedly interested in signing the Belgian.

Speaking about his future last month, Mertens admitted he could leave Napoli at the end of the season.

‘I still don’t know what my future will be,’ he said.

‘My objective right now is to have a very good season with Napoli. Then we’ll see how things go. There’s still some time left until the end of the season.

‘Here at Napoli, I still have seven months left on my contract. I don’t know where I’ll be playing next season.

‘At the end of this year, I’ll assess whether to renew my contract or not, but it’s still too early. I’m not in a position to rule anything out.’


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