Dries Mertens will sign a contract extension with Napoli despite links with a summer move to Arsenal, according to reports.

NAPLES, ITALY - DECEMBER 10: Dries Mertens of SSC Napoli during the UEFA Champions League group E match between SSC Napoli and KRC Genk at Stadio San Paolo on December 10, 2019, in Naples, Italy. (Photo by Francesco Pecoraro/Getty Images)
NAPLES, ITALY: Dries Mertens of SSC Napoli during the UEFA Champions League on December 10, 2019. (Photo by Francesco Pecoraro/Getty Images)

Fabrizio Romano reports that Dries Mertens is ready to sign a contract extension with Napoli until 2022. The two parties are almost in agreement, at last, after plenty of transfer rumours in recent months. Mertens’ previous contract expired in 2020.

Romano add that Mertens listened to and evaluated many transfer proposals in recent months. He seemingly never came close to accepting any one of them and is now planning to extend with Napoli instead.

The Italian media always listed Arsenal as one of the clubs in the race, along with the likes of Chelsea, Manchester United and Atletico Madrid.

It’s not hard to see why. The 33-year-old is having a decent season and free transfers could be very valuable this summer given the pandemic. The chance to get another attacking option in for free was definitely worth a look.

After this new contract, however, you’d have to imagine that’s it for a Premier League move. Mertens will be 35 by the summer of 2022, and very few make their first move to the English top-flight that late in their career.

We’re still waiting on official confirmation from Napoli, but Romano is rarely wrong on Italian transfer news.

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