According to Italian outlet CalcioMercato, Arsenal looks ready to return for Napoli star Dries Mertens, who they were interested in signing over the summer transfer window, with the North London club set to trigger the player’s €30M buyout clause.
As per CalcioMercato, the Gunners had been looking to bring in a new winger for the entire window, however, due to Chile international star Alexis Sanchez decision to remain at the club, it meant that Arsenal’s plans to bring a new forward to the Emirate Stadium were put on ice.
Arsene Wenger’s team had wanted to sign Leicester City and Algeria star Riyad Mahrez and Juventus star Juan Cuadrado as potential replacements. However, Arsenal targeted Napoli star Mertens according to CalcioMercato, whose existing contract with the Italian club included a €30million buyout clause within it.
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger didn’t get the opportunity to negotiate a transfer deal for Mertens, who has scored 75 goals in 194 matches for Napoli during his entire career, during the summer because the forward’s deal renewal came so early in the window as per CalcioMercato, however it is thought that the English Premier League side could return for the 30-year-old before this current season ends.
Should the Gunners manage to sign Mertens for €30million, it’ll go down as one of the signings of the League season, no matter where Arsenal finish in the Premier League log.