Chelsea make inquiry about Napoli’s Dries Mertens in hunt for forward

  • Napoli may not be willing to let 32-year-old leave
  • Chelsea finding it hard to land their main targets

Chelsea have made an inquiry about the availability of the Napoli forward Dries Mertens as Frank Lampard seeks to solve his side’s goalscoring problems.

Lampard is keen to sign a player to compete with Tammy Abraham before the transfer window shuts on Friday and Mertens has emerged as an alternative to Paris Saint-Germain’s Edinson Cavani, who favours a move to Atlético Madrid. The 32-year-old Mertens, out of contract at the end of the season, can play on the right or through the middle and has scored 116 goals for Napoli since joining from Genk in 2013.

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