Man United eyeing move for 30-year-old in-demand Serie A winger
Manchester United and Liverpool are reportedly surprised by the release clause figure in Dries Mertens’ Napoli contract.
The attacker has improved into one of the most potent striker’s footballers in Europe after netting 28 goals in 35 appearances last campaign.
And last evening, the 30-year-old Belgian netted one of the goals of the season when he gave a stunning lob from a tight angle in the 4-1 victory over Lazio.
In May, Mertens secured a new deal with Napoli continuing his deal until 2020.
And as reported by Italian outlet Calciomercato, the attacker has a £26.4million (30m euros) buyout clause which would be affordable for most top sides in Europe.
The story says United and Liverpool ‘can’t believe’ how low the clause, which can be triggered next summer and is only proven to clubs outside of Italy, is.
It is believed United held talks with Mertens before the end of last campaign but were powerless to reach an agreement with Napoli.
After Mertens’ goal, his head coach Maurizio Sarri hailed him as world class.
“Mertens scored a world-class goal, an amazing goal, He just keeps getting better and is becoming truly world class.
“I want Mertens to be like an animal, starving for goals. Frankly, I was fortunate to discover him as a centre-forward, because I had to make the change when Arek Milik was injured last year, but we didn’t think he would become like this.
“It’s honestly a pity that we only discovered Mertens as a striker at the age of 28 because he could have been at the top level in the world for years and years.” – he told Sky Sports Italia.