Arsenal reportedly made an approach for Dries Mertens in the summer and the forward could be available for £27m in January if they want to try again.
According to Italian outlet, Calciomercato (via Daily Star), Arsenal made an approach for Mertens in the summer before the forward signed a new deal with Napoli.
However, the Serie A club included a buy-out clause of £27m in his new contract.
The 30-year-old, who’s been at Napoli for four years, scored an impressive 34 goals in 46 appearances across all competitions last season and racked up 15 assists. This term, he’s already netted seven goals in eight appearances.
Therefore, I think you’ll agree that in today’s market £27m is pretty good value for money.
With this in mind, Arsenal could return for the Belgium international in January if their interest is genuine, especially with Alexis Sanchez looking set to leave.
Although Mertens tends to play as a centre-forward or second striker, last season he made nine appearances on the left wing, which suggests that he’s versatile. Plus, knowing Wenger, whether he likes it or not, he would get pushed out there at some point anyway.
Arsene Wenger, however, doesn’t tend to make big January signings. Andrey Arshavin in 2009 was the last one. In fact, the Frenchman wants the whole winter winter gotten rid of… so if Gooners are expecting any notable additions before next summer, they may be left disappointed.