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Two Premier League sides in the hunt for Dries Mertens with release clause at just £25m

Stadio San Paolo chairman Aurelio De Laurentiis has made sorting out forward's contract a priority but Prem giants are lurking

MANCHESTER UNITED and Arsenal have been put on red alert with Napoli star Dries Mertens’ release clause being put at just £25million, according to reports.

Stadio San Paolo chairman Aurelio De Laurentiis has made sorting the forward’s contract a top priority.

Dries Mertens is attracting interest from Manchester United and Arsenal

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Dries Mertens is attracting interest from Manchester United and Arsenal

Mertens’ camp and the club have been locked in contract negotiations for a while, claim calciomercato.


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The Belgium star’s current deal expires in 2020 and the Serie A side, so impressive under Maurizio Sarri, are desperate to tie him down.

But no agreement has yet been reached and that keeps the door to a Premier League move open.

Mertens’ release clause of £25m is well under the going rate for a top class forward – with big names being touted around the £100m mark.

The forward has a release clause of just £25million

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The forward has a release clause of just £25million

Napoli are desperate to hold onto their hot property

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Napoli are desperate to hold onto their hot property

Mertens represents a bargain for a player of such quality who has bagged 17 goals and six assists in the league this season.


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Napoli are said to be desperate to modify this amount with Premier League sides interested in the 30-year-old.

The Light Blues are looking to hand the striker a new £3.5m-a-year contract.

However, matters are complicated further by Napoli’s 3-0 defeat to Fiorentina last weekend.

If Maurizio Sarri remains Napoli boss he may have to go into next season without Dries Mertens

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If Maurizio Sarri remains Napoli boss he may have to go into next season without Dries Mertens

That looks to have gifted the league title to Juventus – who Sarri’s side actually beat in their previous fixture.

It is thought Mertens could be looking for a new challenge, with some thinking Napoli have gone as far as they can.

Mertens previously labelled himself a “bargain” for United and Chelsea.