Transfer Rumour: Chelsea weighing up summer move for Dries Mertens


Kalidou Koulibaly is confident Maurizio Sarri will be a success at Chelsea and believes the former Napoli coach would "change" the style of football at Stamford Bridge.

Napoli boss Maurizio Sarri - who worked with Higuain for one season at the Stadio San Paolo - is on the verge of joining the Blues.

It's claimed that the Spaniard can leave the Stadio San Paolo this summer if his €6M release clause is yet.

"Conte put Mertens forward as a transfer target in each of the last two summers, only for Chelsea to deem the 31-year-old too old and too expensive", noted Law.

The Italian coach has been heavily linked with the manager's job at Stamford Bridge, despite the fact that Antonio Conte remains in charge. The Chelsea board are more interested in exploring younger attacking options like Anthony Martial of Manchester United and Christian Pulisic of Borussia Dortmund.

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Sarri, 59, guided Napoli to a club record number of points in a single Serie A season last term, with their tally of 91 still four short of champions Juventus. With Pedro's Chelsea future uncertain as well, the need to bolster attack is urgent, with Mertens a possible solution on the right side of attack, where he will be able to link up with global teammate Eden Hazard.

Despite no official confirmation from the club The London Evening Standard and The Sun report Sarri is already building up his backroom staff.

Albiol is incredibly experienced in playing at the very highest level for a sustained period of time, having spent spells with Valencia, Real Madrid and now Napoli.

But how do the bookies rate Chelsea's chances of signing Higuain?