Lampard calling Chelsea transfer target almost every day as Chelsea step up pursuit of striker

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Chelsea boss Frank Lampard is reportedly calling Chelsea transfer target Dries Mertens almost every day as the Blues step up pursuit of the Napoli star.

Chelsea tried to sign the Belgian striker in January but he ended up staying in Serie A with his contract set to expire in the summer.

“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,” Italian transfer expert Vincenzo Morabito told Radio Kiss Kiss Napoli (as reported by Football Italia).

“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 has 12 goals and six assists in 29 games across all competitions this season.

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