Published: Wed, June 20, 2018
Sport | By Kayla Schwartz

Transfer Rumour: Chelsea weighing up summer move for Dries Mertens

Transfer Rumour: Chelsea weighing up summer move for Dries Mertens

Italian manager Maurizio Sarri will launch a bid to bring Belgium global Dries Mertens to Stamford Bridge this summer if he is appointed as Antonio Conte's successor at Chelsea, according to reports. The Belgian worldwide was also a target for Antonio Conte, who failed to convince the West Londoners to sign him for last two summer transfer windows.

The playmaker hit the headlines with a stunning free kick goal against Arsenal last season and another during a fine display in Russia's 5-0 World Cup win over Saudi Arabia.

Sky Sports News reported on Tuesday that Sarri's agent is in London to finalise his move to Stamford Bridge as the Blues prepare for a changing of the guard.

Owner Roman Abramovich wants to appoint Maurizio Sarri, with Napoli having already snapped up Carlo Ancelotti as his replacement.

Mertens is now likely to cost more than that, while Manchester United's Anthony Martial, Borussia Dortmund stalet Christian Pulisic and Nice midfielder Jean Michael Seri are also said to be on Sarri's wishlist.

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Chelsea will need to make a quick decision on Conte's future if they want the new manager to have a realistic chance in signing his desired targets.

He has been a target for Chelsea previously, with current Blues boss Antonio Conte interested in signing him in each of the last two summers, only for the club's hierarchy to deem him too old and too expensive.

That's where he plays for Belgium, on the opposite flank to Eden Hazard.

He said the prospect of former Chelsea star Zola working with Sarri was "a hypothesis".

It's not just in the transfer department where Sarri is hard at work.

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