Lazio Debating Signing Napoli Forward Mertens on a Free Transfer

By Apollo Heyes -

Dries Mertens was one of the ideas mentioned during Maurizio Sarri’s meeting with president Claudio Lotito on Wednesday.

The Biancocelesti know that they’ll need to sign a backup striker to Ciro Immobile in the summer following Vedat Muriqi’s failure to convince the 63-year-old Italian coach earlier this season. The Kosovan joined RCD Mallorca in January but no replacement was picked up.

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As reported by La Lazio Siamo Noi, Sarri brought up the idea of signing Mertens during his meeting with Lazio’s management on Wednesday.

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The Belgian veteran’s contract expires with Napoli at the end of this season and he’d like to end his career in the Campania capital, but Aurelio De Laurentiis’ side are a little lukewarm about renewing his deal. He’s asked for a two-year deal worth €3.5 million net per season, something that the Partenopei are unconvinced about.

Sarri, from a technical point of view, would gladly welcome Mertens back into his squad, even if the age and cost of a deal create a few doubts. It’s unlikely that Lazio would offer over €2-2.5 million net per season.

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