The Chelsea fans here in the Transfer Tavern will have their eyes glued to the TV this Thursday when Napoli travel to East Germany in the Europa League to face Bundesliga hotshots, RB Leipzig.
Trailing 1-3 from the first league with the football betting odds against them, the Serie A outfit will need to produce a big performance in order to overturn the deficit, though their stunning work in Serie A this season suggests this is a very realistic notion. Indeed, Maurizio Sarri has worked absolute wonders with his side as they look to secure their first Scudetto since the glory days of Diego Maradona, with Dries Mertens spearheading their challenge.
Mertens is where the Chelsea fans in our bar come in. With Eden Hazard linked with a move to Real Madrid this summer, his compatriot would represent an ideal replacement. The 30-year-old has been a revelation in the central striking role amid a fluid frontline, a position in which Hazard has flourished too, though is more than capable of performing wide attacking duties, potentially creating a wonderful partnership with Olivier Giroud.
Previously touted with a move to Stamford Bridge and valued at just £28.8m by Transfermarkt, a big performance in the Europa League on Thursday in the hostile environment of the Red Bull Arena, perhaps he could seriously attract the attention of the current English champions.