Pint-sized Belgian Mertens left PSV Eindhoven for Napoli back in 2013 and has proven a success in Italy, even if his Naples side have taken something of a step backwards over the course of his two years at the San Paolo.
Napoli failed to retain their Champions League spot for 2015/16, and have seen manager Rafa Benitez leave to take charge of Real Madri. Newly appointed boss Maurizio Sarri would be loath to lose the tricky forward.
Mertens registered 13 goals and seven assists in 2013/14 and ten goals and nine assists in 2014/15, and notched a brace during Napoli’s 5-0 midweek Europa League win over Club Brugge, and is one of the Italian side’s most effective attacking weapons. However, a move to England appears to tempt the 28-year-old.
“The Premier League would be a good challenge.
“I have a contract until 2018, but maybe other options will appear then.
“Last week we talked about the renewal, it’s nice to know that the club is counting on you.” (via talkSPORT).
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Three of Mertens’ Belgian national team colleagues; Christian Benteke, Divock Origi and Simon Mignolet, are currently plying their trade at Liverpool, although it remains to be seen whether the forward has the physical prowess to handle life in the EPL.