Napoli forward Dries Mertens has claimed that he would be a “bargain” buy amid rumoured interest from Chelsea and Manchester United, reports HLN.
The 30-year-old admitted in the summer that he received contact from Chelsea regarding a potential move, but decided to stay at the Serie A outfit.
The Metro claims that United are keeping tabs on the forward, who has scored 12 goals and registered six assists in 18 outings so far this season.
In an interview with HLN, Mertens has confirmed that he agreed a release clause worth £25m (€28m) in his contract during the summer window.
“It’s true, we negotiated that [clause] this summer. Last winter I received an offer from China, I would’ve earned an incredible sum. But Napoli didn’t want me to go, and I wanted to stay. So nothing came of it. But what if an offer like that were to come in again? That’s why I wanted a release clause in my new contract.
“It’s true €28m isn’t much for a Chinese club, and it’s a decent sum for Napoli too. At least, it was until Neymar went to Paris Saint-Germain, because now people treat €28m like it’s nothing. I have become a bargain – where do you find a player who scores 28 goals in Serie A and costs €28m? Nowhere, right? I negotiated well.”
Speaking so openly about contact details is not hugely common in football.
The fact that Mertens has described himself as a bargain indicates that he is trying to convince other clubs that he is worth making a move for.
In fairness to the forward, a value of £25m is significantly low compared to some of the fees spent during transfer windows.
The world record has been broken twice in the last two years; firstly Paul Pogba returned to United for £89m and then Neymar’s move from Barcelona to Paris Saint-Germain cost close to £200m.
Whether Chelsea or the Red Devils swoop for Mertens remains to be seen, but it appears that the Belgian may well be open for a transfer down the line.
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