Agent admits Lampard calls this striker everyday and believes he’d join Chelsea next season

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Dries Mertens was strongly linked with a move to Chelsea in the January transfer window, but what really kept the Belgian back in Naples was the record that will make him top scorer at Napoli.

Italian football agent Vincenzo Morabito, has now revealed that Lampard is still keen on signing the 32-year-old and that the Chelsea boss calls him daily in order to seal a deal ahead of next season.

“Mertens had originally said he wanted to stay at Napoli, but then his lawyer started offering him to various international clubs, meaning something changed between the player and the Azzurri,” Vincenzo Morabito told Radio Kiss Kiss Napoli.

“I know this because I was working on the Olivier Giroud issue when he was meant to leave Chelsea in January, with a lucrative contract line up for Mertens.

“Mertens had originally said he wanted to stay at Napoli, but then his lawyer started offering him to various international clubs, meaning something changed between the player and the Azzurri,” Vincenzo Morabito told Radio Kiss Kiss Napoli.

“I know this because I was working on the Olivier Giroud issue when he was meant to leave Chelsea in January, with a lucrative contract line up for Mertens.

“Chelsea have now extended Giroud’s contract as a precaution, but they are very interested in Mertens and Lampard is calling him almost every day. I can see Mertens going to Chelsea.”

Mertens surpassed Diego Maradona’s tally of 115 goals for Napoli late last year and has already equalled Marek Hamsik’s record of 121 goals, and is just one goal short of becoming the sole record goalscorer for the club.

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