As per TuttoMercatoWeb, Liverpool are said to be readying a three-year offer for Napoli forward Dries Mertens.
The Belgium international’s contract is set to run out at the end of this season, which means that he could then be signed on a free transfer.
As such, the Reds are said to be eyeing a move, with Chelsea and Internazionale also interested. The report adds that one of Divock Origi and Xherdan Shaqiri will depart in the summer, and that Mertens could therefore be a replacement.
From a pure footballing perspective, signing Mertens would be inspired from Jurgen Klopp. He has 121 goals in 311 appearances for the Serie A outfit since making the switch from PSV, of which 89 have come in his last 171 matches. He is also a stalwart for his national side, with 90 caps already to his name.
However, all in all, this is a deal that makes little sense. Mertens is already 32, and has a current wage at Napoli of €142,000 a week (£124,000). If he asked for a similar salary at Anfield, that would put him in the top six earners at the club.
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Recent signings indicate that Michael Edwards and co are looking towards the future in terms of who they purchase. Last summer, for example, Sepp van den Berg and Harvey Elliott, aged 16 and 17 at the time, made the switch to the club. Signing Mertens would go directly against that, and would indicate a change of direction in terms of their transfer policy.
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