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The most underrated finisher in Europe has a shockingly low release clause

Arsenal may be about to get the bargain of the decade...

Only one player has 20+ goals and 10+ assists in Europe’s top five leagues this season.

And his name is not Lionel Messi.

The man in question is Napoli forward Dries Mertens.

Out on his own

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Out on his own

According to Italian news outlet Calciomercato, Arsenal were keen on signing the Belgian star in the summer but failed in their pursuit.

The 30-year-old penned a new contract with Napoli, extending his stay until 2020.

However, a £26.5million release clause can be activated from the beginning of 2018.

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Ever since Mertens was converted from a winger to a centre-forward, he’s become genuinely world-class.

And with the Neymar saga having inflated transfer fees to an all-time high across the continent, this release clause could mean a club is about to land the bargain of the decade.

He may be 30-years-old but on current form, few clubs would turn down the chance to snap up Mertens for less that £30m.

The Gunners will be particularly interested given Alexis Sanchez’s current stance.

Sanchez started for Doncaster hours before meeting Mayte

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Mertens would be a superb replacement for Sanchez at the Emirates

Mertens may choose to remain loyal to league-leaders Napoli of course.

Maurizio Sarri has the Serie A club playing arguably the most attractive football in Europe right now.

Whatever the case, this is definitely a situation to keep an eye on.