Andre Villas-Boas has been alerted by the red-hot form of £10m-rated PSV Eindhoven winger Dries Mertens with the Chelsea boss pondering over a move for the Belgian international, reports CaughtOffside.com.
After failing to land Mertens’ international teammate, Kevin de Bruyne, AVB looks to have turned his sights to the Eredivisie’s form player, although de Bruyne claims that Chelsea will come back in for him before the start of next season.
Mertens has been outstanding for PSV since he arrived from FC Utrecht in the summer scoring 13 goals in 17 appearances. The 24 year-old is a right-footed player who can play on either wing but the majority of his success has come from the left – an area the Blues boss is looking to improve on.
Chelsea are a club in transition with Villas-Boas ready to overhaul the stale, ageing squad that he has to hand. Didier Drogba, Nicolas Anelka, Florent Malouda, Alex, Salomon Kalou and even club legend Frank Lampard are all tipped for a Stamford Bridge exit as AVB looks to inject a new lease of life into his side.
Kevin de Bruyne is another left-sided attacking player, and the 20 year-old had been tipped to join Chelsea in the last transfer window but a deal collapsed when his club Genk supposedly priced him out of a move. The Belgian international has recently claimed that Chelsea are still interested in signing him and will come back in for him before the start of next season.
De Bruyne said, “Chelsea are still interested in me and already have a plan in place for me. Chelsea were serious about signing me but maybe Genk’s asking price was too high.”
The Belgian outfit are resigned to losing the highly-rated youngster at the end of the season with reports suggesting his agent will meet with his club over a proposed £8m transfer to the Bridge.
Impressing in the Dutch and Belgian leagues is one thing but could either player step-up a level and make a name for themselves in the Premier League? Which of the two wingers would Chelsea fans prefer.. Mertens or de Bruyne? Or both?
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