Manchester United could agree £25m deal with Napoli for 30-year-old

According to The S*n, Manchester United could agree a £25m deal with Napoli for Dries Mertens this summer, with the 30-year-old forward having an affordable release clause which could see him exiting the Stadio San Paolo.

Mertens joined Napoli from PSV Eindhoven in 2013 and has gone on to make 232 appearances in all competitions, scoring and creating 147 goals.

The Belgian international has been in fine form over the last two seasons since changing to a centre-forward, scoring 34 goals in 2016/17 and 21 this campaign.

His efforts nearly led Napoli to a league title, but Juventus recently pulled four points clear with three games remaining, so Mertens looks set to disappointment.

United manager Jose Mourinho is reportedly keen on his signature, although he did say the Red Devils wouldn’t be strengthening their attack this summer.

With Anthony Martial, Jesse Lingard, Juan Mata, Marcus Rashford and Alexis Sanchez as their options in the final third, the Manchester giants don’t really need more competition.

Mertens would improve their squad given how prolific he’s been for Napoli in the last two seasons and he wouldn’t break the bank either.

The decision rests on Mourinho. If one player comes in, another may have to leave this summer – Martial has been linked with a move to Juventus.

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